A 46-year-old man has been jailed for 16 years after pleading guilty to a string of child sex offences. 

David Levy, of Cattermole Close in Clacton, appeared at Chelmsford Crown Court on Friday after admitting to multiple sexual offences including five counts of rape of a girl under the age of 13. 

On September 19, officers received a report via an online report from a woman who said she had been repeatedly assaulted and abused for more than 10 years by Levy. 

The offences began in 2010 when the victim was a child. 

Within 48 hours Levy was arrested and told officers that he was “ashamed” and “disgusted” of what he had done but he refused to answer all questions asked to him by police. 

Levy was later charged with six counts of assault of a girl under 13 by touching, two counts of sexual assault of a girl under 13, five counts of rape of a girl under 13 and one count of rape of a woman 16 years or over. 

He admitted the offences and was sentenced to 16 years in prison and one further year on licence at Chelmsford Crown Court on Friday.

Levy was also put on the sex offenders register for life. 

East Anglian Daily Times: David Levy, of ClactonDavid Levy, of Clacton (Image: Essex Police)

The victim allowed her personal statement to be read out in court, detailing the impact that Levy’s actions have had on her.

She said she thought “the sexual abuse that was happening to me was normal” and how “nothing feels the same anymore”.

The statement added: "I was worried people would not believe me or judge me, but I couldn’t hold this in any longer.” 

Investigating officers in the case, Temporary Detective Constable Jessica Lamb and Temporary Detective Constable Nicole Compton from Essex Police's Public Protection Investigation Team, said: “The strength that the victim is this case has shown is outstanding and her bravery has taken a dangerous man off the streets."