Man from Stoke-on-Trent sentenced for sexual offences
7 September 2017 Local
A man from Stoke-on-Trent has been jailed for six years for rape and sexual activity with a child following an investigation by the force’s Child Exploitation Team.
Lea Dean, 26, of Parton Grove, Stoke-on-Trent, was sentenced to six years’ imprisonment at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court on Thursday 7 September having been found guilty of one count of rape of a 16-year-old girl. He had previously pleaded guilty to four counts of sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl.
Dean was arrested and charged for all offences in December 2016.
DC Andy Hayes, of the Child Exploitation Team, said: “It has been shown that Lea Dean has an unhealthy, sexual interest in young girls.
“Dean pleaded not guilty to the rape, forcing the young victim in the case to give evidence at trial.
“I would like to acknowledge the bravery of the victims in this case for coming forward to give evidence against this predator.
“I hope that the sentence handed down brings a measure of closure for everyone affected by these crimes and that it encourages any other young people who have been the victim of a sexual offence to tell someone they trust or inform police.”