Monster jailed – 200 sexual assults over 25 years

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Purfleet man jailed for more than 200 sexual assults over 25 years.

A Purfleet monster who carried out more than 200 sexual assaults on two victims over a 25-year period has been jailed for 20 years at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Tuesday August 14.

James Lee, aka “Tony” Lee, of Joslin Road, Purfleet was sentenced after previously pleading guilty to 28 offences, including rape, buggery and indecent assault. These offences relate to more than 200 assaults, with many of the 28 counts including a number of assaults.

Lee committed his crimes over a period of two decades against two female victims who were aged under 16 years when the abuse started. The assaults began in 1975 up to 2000, where he subjected the victims to repeated offences at various locations in east London. A number of the horrific offences were also recorded by Lee on a camcorder.

It was in February 2018, when one of the two victims came forward to report her abuse at the hands of the defendant.

Diligent and thorough inquiries by officers led to the identity of a second victim, who, with the support of specialist officers, provided a full account of the offences she too had been subjected to.

On Thursday, February 15, Lee was arrested at his home address and it was in a safe in the house that officers found a number of video tapes which captured the abuse.

On Wednesday March 14 Lee was charged and pleaded guilty to his offences at a hearing at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Friday June 1.

Acting Detective Inspector Jason Keen, Child Abuse and Sexual Offences Command, said: “Lee is a predatory and self-serving individual, who subjected his victims to systematic abuse over a number of years, inflicting untold trauma and misery.
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“It’s difficult to imagine the cumulative impact of such prolonged abuse, and I am just grateful the victims were able to find the courage to detail their experience to officers. I’m pleased that their bravery, combined with the hard work and determination of officers has paid off with this sentence.”

He finished: “We believe there may well be other victims of Lee, and would encourage anyone who wants to report information to contact us. All allegations will be treated with the utmost sensitivity and in confidence.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Child Abuse and Sexual Offences Command on 0207 825 2500; or the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000 (adults) or 0800 1111 (children).

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