A jury found Matthew Shearan, of no fixed abode, guilty of four charges of sexually assaulting a child, two charges of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and three charges of rape, at Shrewsbury Crown Court last month.
Judge Jim Tindal told the 44-year-old that he was a “coward” who took advantage of his victim.
The court heard that a member of staff at the victim’s school was concerned about her, adding that she was not taking care of herself.
It was on that occasion that the alleged abuse was disclosed to the member of staff, prompting social services and the police to be informed.
When the investigation began Shearan had left the country.
He got in contact with his mother and told her he was not going to return – and that he couldn’t think why the police wanted to speak to him.
A wanted marker was