November 2018

Paedophile admits 14-year campaign of sexual abuse against 3 children

A man has appeared in court to admit sexually abusing three children between 1989 and 2003.

Richard Packer, 56, committed the offences against his child victims when they were as young as seven and eight.

Leicestershire Police has praised the bravery of Packer’s victims.

They contacted the force last year to disclose what he had done to them during their childhoods.

Packer, of Freemans Lane, Burbage, appeared at Leicester Crown Court today to enter guilty pleas to four counts of indecently assaulting a child under 14.

Leicestershire Police released details of the case after the hearing.

In a statement, the force said of Packer: “His crimes began when they were just seven and eight years old, continuing as they became teenagers.

“However his actions were uncovered when the victims contacted Leicestershire Police last year to disclose just what they had been subjected to.”

Detective Constable Anna Blockley, the investigating officer, said: “Each of Packer’s victims have shown bravery in coming forward and telling us about the abuse they’ve suffered.

“Packer himself probably thought that they wouldn’t do such a thing and that his horrific actions would never bring him before the courts.

“But today he’s admitted his crimes and saved his victims from having to attend court.”

Packer will be sentenced at Leicester Crown Court on Monday, November 26.