A MELKSHAM man has been sentenced to 18 years imprisonment after pleading guilty to 43 serious child sex offences.
Joseph Lee, aged 31, formerly of Ogilvie Square in Calne, appeared at Swindon Crown Court on Friday where he pleaded guilty to the following charges:
– Rape of a child under 13 years old x 2
– Sexual activity with a child under 13 x 14
– Causing/inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity x 3
– Production/taking of indecent images of children x 23
– Making indecent images of children x 1
Lee was arrested on 9 September 2014 at his former home in Calne, where a search warrant was executed and computers and mobile phones were seized for analysis.
Further enquiries were carried out by officers and in total, 1,548 images were found on his computer software, including 75 category A images and 35 category A videos of child sexual abuse.
DC Simon Guerri-Fear said: “The images and videos found on Lee’s memory cards were some of the most vile depictions of child abuse I have ever witnessed.
“These appalling offences were committed over a period of two years between 2012 and 2014.
“During this time, Lee has put his young victim through an ordeal that nobody should ever have to go through. I am in no doubt that his actions will have a long lasting effect on his victim.
“I am satisfied with the sentence handed out and I hope this enables the young victim to move forward with his life, knowing justice has been served.
“I also hope this case highlights how seriously Wiltshire Police and the Crown Prosecution Service takes child sexual abuse, whether it is recent or non-recent and we will take every action available to bring offenders to justice.”