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‘Predatory’ sex abuser James Lee jailed for 20 years for 200 assaults on two victims

Ross McGuinness
Yahoo News UK
James Lee has been sentenced to 20 years in prison (Picture: Metropolitan Police)

A “predatory” sexual abuser who carried out more than 200 sexual assaults on two women for 25 years has been jailed.

James Lee, also known as “Tony” Lee, was sentenced to 20 years in prison last week at Snaresbrook Crown Court after previously pleading guilty to 28 offences including rape, buggery and indecent assault.

The 67-year-old, from Joslin Road, Purfleet, Essex, sexually assaulted his victims at various locations in east London.

One of the victims was seven years old when the abuse began, while the other was under 16, the court was told.

A number of the offences between 1975 and 2000 were recorded by Lee on a camcorder.

In February 2018, one of Lee’s victims came forward to report the abuse, which led to police identifying a second woman, who, with the support of specialist officers, gave a full account of her ordeal.

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Lee was arrested on February 15 at home, where police found a number of video tapes which captured the abuse.

He was charged on March 14 and pleased guilty to his offences on June 1.

Lee sexually abused his victims for 25 years (Picture: Metropolitan Police)

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.

“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.

“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.”


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