Man convicted of raping 15-year-old girl

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A man has been convicted of raping a teenager he met as she walked home from a party in Lancaster.

Robert Rawes, 19, of no fixed abode, met the youngster who was trying to find her way home through the Marsh Estate.

Rawes invited the 15-year-old back to his house where he told her she could sleep on a mattress on the floor.

The youngster fell asleep but woke to find Rawes attacking her.

She fled the house and was found in a distressed state nearby.

Rawes denied rape but was convicted unanimously by a jury at Preston Crown Court after just 40 minutes of deliberations.

He has been remanded in custody and will return to court on February 25 to be sentenced.