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Convicted paedophile jailed for a further five years over Lambeth care home abuse

|News, Sexual offences

A convicted paedophile who abused children in a Lambeth care home has been sentenced to a further five years in prison.

Leslie Paul, 70, worked as a residential care worker in Lambeth for 12 years when he preyed on teenage boys at the South Vale Assessment Centre in West Norwood.

The court heard that Paul used his position of trust to sexually abuse vulnerable children who were temporarily residing at the care home in the 1980s. 

Yesterday (Monday, 18 January 2022) Paul was sentenced at Inner London Crown Court to five years in custody. He had been convicted of 10 counts of indecent assault on a male, two counts of indecency with a child, and one count of buggery following a trial. He had previously been sentenced to an indeterminate sentence of 13 years following previous convictions for offences against children in 1994, 2002 and 2016. 

Carly Loftus, from the CPS, said: “Leslie Paul is a prolific sexual offender who abused his position of trust within the Lambeth care system. His victims described feeling terrified and powerless to stop the abuse. 

“The prosecution case included strong witness testimony from both victims who came to court to give evidence against their attacker. 

“We were also able to tell the jury about Paul’s numerous previous convictions against children – many of the details of which were strikingly similar to this case, making it abundantly clear that he had the propensity to commit these crimes. 

“Crimes against children are truly abhorrent. The CPS is absolutely committed to bringing sexual predators to justice regardless of the passage of time since the offending.

“I hope this prosecution and further jail sentence goes some way to comfort the victims of this man.”

Notes to editors

  • Leslie Paul (DOB: 9/5/1951) is of HMP Thameside. 
  • Carly Loftus is a Senior Crown Prosecutor within the Rape and Serious Sexual Offences unit in CPS London South. 

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