September 2016

‘Depraved’ paedophile who filmed himself repeatedly raping a child jailed for 16 years


A paedophile who filmed himself repeatedly raping a child in a “depraved” series of attacks has been jailed for 16 years.

In what was described by detectives as “one of the worst” cases of child abuse they had seen, a girl younger than 13 was subjected to a sickening string of abuse lasting almost a year.

Lee Curley, 36, filmed the assaults on his phone and iPad and had over 120 images or videos of him attacking his victim.

In total he was found to have over 1,000 images or videos of children being sexually abused.

Curley, from Tower Hamlets, was arrested after police discovered the evidence of his sickening attacks on his iPad.

He initially denied the rape and told the court that he had no knowledge of the abuse images but changed his plea when faced with the evidence.

He pleaded guilty to rape of a girl under 13, possessing an extreme pornographic image portraying rape, and possessing and making indecent photographs of a child.

During the police investigation, another victim was discovered who had been groomed by Curley for two years.

As a result Curley was charged with a further six offences and pleaded guilty to inciting a girl aged 13 to 15 to engage in sexual activity and three instances of causing a child under 13 to look at an image of sexual activity.

Curley was sentenced to 16 years’ imprisonment at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Friday.

He will also be subject to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for life.