Erith child rapist jailed for 13 years
PUBLISHED: 13:24 04 October 2011
A 31-year-old man was sentenced to 13 years in prison yesterday for raping and indecently assaulting children.
Lee Hewitt, 31, of Canada Road, Erith, was found guilty of nine of the 11 offences put before the court, including rape, indecent assault, indecency with a child and sexual intercourse with a child under the age of 13, on August 24 2011.
During the two and a half week trial at Maidstone Crown Court, the jury heard how Hewitt sexually abused two girls, one of whom was just five-years-old, over a 10 year period between 1993 and 2004.
On sentencing at the same court, Judge Statman said: “You have been convicted by Jury following a series of grave sexual offences against two victims, both of whom were involved in your family at the time.
“This court saw both females give evidence and speak of what you had done to them in an extremely brave manner - one of these girls stated she had felt dirty and used.”
The Judge said Hewitt abused trust and had groomed both victims, before passing his sentence.
Following information received, Hewitt was arrested on November 13 2009 and a thorough and detailed investigation was commenced by detectives in Kent Police’s child abuse investigation unit. Hewitt was charged on July 16 2010.
Detective constable Anne-Marie McAteer, who carried out the investigation said: “We welcome the significant sentence that has been handed down and which finally brings this sexual predator to justice.
“Hewitt committed a sustained campaign of abuse on two young girls one of whom was just five-years old when the abuse started.
“He preyed on these children for more than a decade, repeatedly and regularly sexually abusing them without a thought for the harm and suffering he was causing.
“The success of this investigation would not have been possible without the sheer bravery of the victims and they should be commended for their courage in coming forward to report these crimes. Without their courage, this case would never have come to court.
She expressed hope the victims could rebuild their lives and that other victims of sex abuse would have the confidence to come forward after this case.
A Sexual Prevention Order was ordered by the Judge for a period of 10 years and he will be required to be on the sex offenders register for life.
He was found guilty of four counts of indecently assaulting a child, one of indecency with a child, three counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a child under the age of 13 and one charge of rape.