Three years for abuser who shared video of sexual assault

Crime / Mon 15th Apr 2024 at 07:08am

SEX offender Leslie Richards has been sentenced to three years in prison after police identified him from a video he shared of a violent sexual assault on a mobile app.

Richards, of Eastbrook Avenue in Dagenham, pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual assault by penetration and one count of causing actual bodily harm.

After months of work by our detectives, the Crown Prosecution Service agreed to charge Richards with rape, two counts of assault by penetration, engaging in a controlling and coercive relationship, and causing actual bodily harm.

He initially pleaded not guilty to all charges, however shortly before the trial in January 2024, he had guilty pleas for two counts of assault by penetration and causing actual bodily harm accepted by the courts.

Richards was sentenced to three years in prison on Thursday 11 April, as well as being given an indefinite restraining order to prevent Richards contacting the victim and being added to the Sex Offenders’ Register for life.

Police Constable Winn, the officer who led this investigation, said:

“The victims of crime are at the centre of the work we do.

“This sentencing represents the bravery she demonstrated in speaking to us about this crime – without her, this conviction would not have been possible and Richards may have continued to offend.

“Richards was an appalling and calculated abuser. The level of control he tried to exert over this victim in this case was huge.

“He can now reflect on this in prison, and officers will continue to monitor his behaviour to ensure no one else will be subject to this abuse.”

In January 2021, Richards threatened to kill his victim and attacked her, causing serious injuries to their arms, legs and chest.

He then forced her to perform a sexual act and recorded it sharing it on a mobile application.

A member of the public who saw her profile online quickly informed the police. Our officers were able to identify both Richards and his victim from this video and arrested him, where he disputed the evidence and the denied the victims’ account.

However, after seeing the strength of the case against him, Richards pleaded guilty.

Detective Sergeant John James Hogan-Davis, of the Adult Sexual Abuse Investigation Team, added:

“This case also shows the commitment and dedication of our officers to make sure Richards faced justice.

“We understand the impact crimes like these have on victims and on their families, and we will pursue every investigative avenue we can.

“If you are the victim of domestic abuse or sexual violence, please speak to us. You will be listened to and you will be supported.”

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5 Comments for Three years for abuser who shared video of sexual assault:

geoff turner
2024-04-15 07:55:15

3 years wow you get more if you dont pay your parking ticket

2024-04-15 15:19:26

Where it doesn't involve money being taken from rich organisations, the justice system doesn't give a sh1t.

2024-04-16 00:50:59

Three years! What a crazy world we live in. That man deserves to be locked up for alot longer than three years... Well done to the police for identifying him and locking him up but someone like that is a danger to society and should be behind bars for a very long time.

2024-04-16 11:48:47

Just three years? Barely more than a slap on the wrist then, he'll probably be out early for good behaviour, where is his actual punishment?

2024-04-16 18:35:14

If child/animal abusers were tattood on their face to identify them they would think twice about doing it again.They are all cowards who get off on power and control with a helpless innocent victim.Their biggest fear is being beaten up.This person is not a man.No real man would do this.The police do a fantastic job but the courts are corrupt and there is no justice.In prison he will be protected and when he comes out he will be protected.What about his victim?Scarred for life and her family.What times we are living in.

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