April 2019

Telford child rapist and sex abuser has sentence reduced by one year

A Telford pensioner who was jailed for raping a child and other counts of sexual abuse against children has had his sentence reduced by a year.

In February, Lescencias Smith, 71, was found guilty of three sexual offences on two separate victims.

His crimes include raping and indecently assaulting a girl under the age of 16, and inciting another girl to engage in sexual activity.

His trial at Shrewsbury Crown Court heard that he had abused one child on several occasions. But his crimes only came to the attention of authorities when a parent complained of a more recent incident involving another victim.

Smith, of Harvey Crescent, Arleston, was sentenced to two years in jail for inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, three years for indecent assault and 10 years for rape.

The sentences were run consecutively making a total of 15 years.

On Monday, Smith was returned to court as Judge Anthony Lowe made changes to his sentencing.

He said due to the offences being committed after a certain act, he was reducing the overall sentence from 15 years to 14 years.

However if he was to serve the full 14 years, or committed offences before the end of the 14 years he would be made to serve another two years on licence.

In sentencing him in February, Judge Lowe said: “You have been convicted of the most severe sexual abuse.

“You have had the benefit of living within society within that period of time as if you were a man of good character, when in fact you were anything but.

“I see no reason why this sentence should be reduced with regards to your age.”

February 2019

Paedophile convicted of sexually abusing children

A man has been jailed for 15 years after he was convicted of sexually abusing children.

Lescencias Smith, 71, was found guilty of three sexual offences on two separate victims.

His crimes include raping and indecently assaulting a girl under the age of 16, and inciting another girl to engage in sexual activity.

His trial at Shrewsbury Crown Court heard that he had abused one child on several occasions.

But his crimes only came to the attention of authorities when a parent complained of a more recent incident involving another victim.

Smith, of Harvey Crescent, Arleston, was sentenced to two years in jail for inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, three years for indecent assault and 10 years for rape.

The sentences will run consecutively making a total of 15 years.