July 2023

Elderly sex offender jailed for abusing girl

An elderly sex offender who repeatedly abused a young girl has been jailed.

Paul Lee, now aged 80, targeted the girl on multiple occasions around ten years ago – making her pose for photographs and forcing her to engage in sexual activity.

His crimes were exposed years later when the girl revealed what had happened to a member of staff at her school.

Lee was arrested two days later, and a search was carried out at his home near Newark.

Officers searching an outbuilding also found explicit paintings depicting abuse of the girl, and an arrangement of adult and child-sized shop mannequins dressed in sexualised underwear.

Extreme pornographic material was also recovered from electronic devices seized at the scene

Lee, formerly of Moor Lane, South Clifton, declined to comment in three sperate police interviews but later pleaded guilty to inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, making indecent photographs of a child, and possessing a prohibited image of a child.

He also admitted to possessing extreme pornography and to possessing a shotgun without a certificate after the weapon was found during the police search.

Appearing at Nottingham Crown Court today he was jailed for seven years and 10 months.

He will also serve an extended license period of four years upon his release.