Mugshot of Donald Caple next to file photo of Pulaski County Circuit Court
Donald Caple was jailed for life at Pulaski County Circuit Court on Wednesday for raping a girl and telling police he’d only done so because he ‘loved’ her (Pictures: Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office/Google Maps)

A 69 year-old pedophile insisted that his sexual abuse of a child from when she was five wasn’t rape because ‘he loved her.’

Donald Glynn Caple, from Little Rock in Arkansas, offered the excuse after being arrested for raping the girl, who says he molested her ‘millions’ of times.

It was torn apart by prosecutors at Pulaski County Circuit Court, with the pervert jailed for life Wednesday after jurors agreed that he had indeed raped the youngster.

Caple was arrested for attacking the girl in March 2018, and ‘freely confessed’ to molesting her.

He also went on to lie about raping the girl, claiming he would never have abused her so horrifically because he wanted her to be a virgin when he got married, just like he was on the day of his 1973 wedding.

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His abuse has left the child, who is now 13, so badly traumatized that she has self-harmed and attempted suicide.

The youngster told the court: ‘I’m still trying to realize that this is not my fault.’

She told jurors how the abuse had begun when she was four years-old, heard a classmate use the word ‘sex,’ and asked Caple what it meant.

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Caple responded by showing her porn, and began molesting her when she was five, while referring to his behavior as ‘play.’

The girl realized what Caple was doing was wrong when she was 10, in late 2017, and told him to stop, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported.

He said he would, then groped the child’s breasts in February 2018. That prompted the victim to tell a school counselor, with Caple arrested shortly afterwards.

Caple offered his own stomach-churning defense of his behavior in court, saying: ‘I was weak. I did something I shouldn’t have.

‘I was doing it, but I understood I shouldn’t be doing it. I even tried to tell her we shouldn’t be doing it.’

He said he had begun molesting the girl after his wife lost interest in sex, and claims his victim asked him to repeat the abuse because she ‘enjoyed’ it.

The pervert targeted his victim after offering her family a home to live in rent-free, and acting as babysitter for her and her brother.

Caple’s victim’s mom also shared the anguish he’d inflicted on the child, telling jurors: ‘He has sentenced my daughter to a life of sexual trauma.’

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He faces a further rape charge in a neighboring county over claims he also molested the same girl at an address there.

For 24/7 confidential emotional support, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline on 1-800-273-8255 in the US. For the UK contact Samaritans on 116123 or visit a local Samaritans branch, see www.samaritans.org for details.
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