Ipswich: Child rapist Leo Gordon sentenced to 18-years in prison
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A CHILD rapist is today beginning an 18-year jail term after he was convicted of a string of “horrific” sex offences against two young girls.
Leo Gordon, of Morland Road, Ipswich, was sentenced yesterday after a jury at Norwich Crown Court found him guilty of ten charges.
The 34-year-old had denied six offences of rape relating to a female child, two sex assaults on a girl and two offences of assault on a child.
During yesterday’s hearing the court was told Gordon had admitted two further charges of rape relating to a child, when he appeared at Ipswich Crown Court on May 11 last year.
Sentencing Gordon, Judge Mark Lucraft said: “This is a pretty horrific case and the facts are even more horrendous.
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“You are someone who is keen to avoid the consequences of what you did.”
Judge Lucraft said Gordon’s crimes had left a “deep impact” on his victims – two girls under the age of 14.
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Gordon was sentenced to 18 years for each count of rape, four years for each count of sexual assault and six years for the two charges of assault on a child. He was also sentenced to 12 years for the two rape charges he had previously admitted at Ipswich Crown Court.
The sentences will run concurrently, meaning Gordon will serve a total of 18 years – half in custody and half on licence.
He was also made subject to an indefinite Sexual Offence Prevention Order, a restraining order, and a disqualification order.
Suffolk police Detective Constable Kay Laney, who was the officer in the case, said: “We are pleased to see that such a lengthy sentence was handed to Mr Gordon.
“This was a very serious case and the sentence sends out a strong message that if you commit offences of this nature you will face a considerable time behind bars.”