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Predatory paedophile sentenced for non-recent sexual abuse

|News, Sexual offences

Anthony Lewis, a 58 year-old man, has been sentenced to 22 years today (24 September 2020) for non-recent sexual abuse against children.

Mr Lewis purposefully groomed and exerted control over vulnerable young girls to fulfil his own sexual gratification. He capitalised on his position in the entertainment industry to gain the trust of the children involved and used that to his full advantage committing 20 different sexual offences.

These offences occurred between the years of 1987 and 2008 and included rape, assault by penetration and indecent assault against children, the youngest being just four years old. His behaviour was predatory and targeted, with no regard for the vulnerability of those who looked up to him.

Hendrika Tatam of the CPS, said: “This case demonstrates that where there is sufficient evidence we will not shy away from prosecuting perpetrators of sexual abuse no matter how long ago the offences were committed and we worked closely with the Police to ensure that he was brought to justice for his despicable conduct.

"We want every victim to have the confidence to report what happens to them to the Police. The Police will investigate and gather evidence, and where there is sufficient evidence, the CPS will proceed to prosecution.

"It takes great courage to come forward as an adult and report what happened to you as child. It can bring back both difficult and traumatic memories. The strength and bravery shown by the people involved to step forward and report the incidents is significant and I would like to commend them for their resilience. I hope that they gain a sense of comfort from today’s sentence.”

Notes to editors

  • Hendrika Tatam is a Senior Crown Prosecutor in the Rape and Serious Sexual Offences unit for CPS East of England
  • Anthony Lewis (DOB 03/05/1962) pleaded guilty to: nine counts of RAPE, contrary to section 1 (1) of the Sexual Offences Act 2003, one count of ASSAULT BY PENETRATION, contrary to section 2 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003; 10 counts of INDECENT ASSAULT, contrary to section 14(1) of the Sexual Offences Act 1956. He was sentenced to 22 years (minimum term of 11 years' imprisonment)

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