Musician jailed for meeting young girls on Facebook and raping them
A musician has been jailed for meeting young girls on Facebook and raping them.
Cassius Povey was jailed for 17 years yesterday
The serial sexual predator who preyed on fans after befriending them online was a well-known figure on Leicester’s live music scene.
The 29-year-old male has now been locked up for a catalogue of 19 crimes against nine young girls – five of whom he raped.
Leicester Crown Court heard that he was finally “outed” by a former victim, who exposed his wrongdoing on Facebook, and he was arrested in Grimsby, where he was living, in July 2020.
One victim became pregnant at just 14 and had an abortion without telling her parents.
Another was tied to a bed and repeatedly hit with a cane
Povey also sat and watched one distraught child take an overdose before making her vomit – and then raped her as she lay on a bed semi-conscious and confused.
Eight of the victims were aged between 14 and 15.
The ninth was 19 years old when he raped her in a park.
Leicester Crown Court was told he had “no respect” for his troubled and vulnerable victims. He was motivated purely by self-gratification as he “controlled and manipulated” them to satisfy his desires.
Povey won his victims’ trust with outpourings of affection and repeatedly told them how “beautiful and amazing” they were. He told two of his victims after he committed violent assaults that he suffered from schizophrenia and that he could not control the actions of his “evil twin”.
He attempted a public apology, but the police were notified of the social media comments and investigated.
Povey formerly lived in a bedsit in the Aylestone Road area of Leicester – before fleeing to live Elsenham Road, Grimsby, where he was arrested in July 2020.
Povey was convicted of the following charges:
Eight counts of rape, which he was found guilty of following a trial, as he denied these offences.
He pleaded guilty to 13 counts of sexual activity with a child, which was for having sex with girls when they were not old enough to give their consent. However, he was only sentenced for nine of these 13 counts, as four were alternative lesser charges to some of the rapes.
He pleaded guilty to inciting a child to engage in sexual activity
He also pleaded guilty to meeting a child following sexual grooming.