A DEPRAVED Southampton youth worker serving a life sentence for sexually abusing children has been jailed for four more years for another historical offence.
Rex Case, 72, was sentenced for indecently assaulting a 16-year-old girl.
He is already serving 21 years for 18 offences against five females committed over almost 30 years when he was a foster carer.
Following his jailing in February 2012 a serious case review and then a fresh police inquiry was launched, bringing this latest case to light.
Winchester Crown Court heard that Case was working at a Hampshire youth housing project and assaulted a 16-year-old girl some time between February 1, 1996, and December 31, 1998.
Case, who appeared via video link from Parkhurst Isle of Wight prison, admitted the allegation. The project was for young people between 16 and 24 leaving foster care or with problems.
Kerry Maylin, prosecuting, said the police tracked down former residents and asked open-ended questions about concerns regarding their time at the project.
The attack happened when she was staying here and one evening was talking to Case. He gave her cider and later when she had gone to bed used a master key to get into her room and assault her.
In a victim impact statement, Ms Maylin said the victim had been seriously affected and had difficulty forming relationships. “She failed to cope with what happened and it resulted in her losing her home and children but she is rebuilding her life.”
Sentencing, Judge Robert Hill said Case had abused a position of trust to target a vulnerable youngster.
He told Case that the four-year sentence starts now so it will almost certainly be served by the time Case is released.
Case, formerly of Holly Hill, Bassett, was unusually allowed to remain seated as he was sentenced, largely because had he stood up the video camera would only have filmed his midriff.
When he was first jailed in 2012, the 72-year-old was described as “devious, manipulative, cunning, defensive, aggressive and obsessive”
Judge Peter Henry went on to tell Case that he had followed “a past of systematic abuse.”
He went on to describe how the “most surprising thing” was that the sexual abuse she suffered “for reasons that still escape me” never led to the prosecution of Case in the late 1990s.
Police later admitted that they had missed earlier opportunities to prosecute Case.
Paedophile foster carer Rex Case jailed for 21 years
A Southampton foster carer who sexually abused young girls for almost 30 years has been jailed for 21 years.
Rex Case, 68, was yesterday found guilty of 18 counts of sex abuse, sexual assault and rape of girls supposedly in his care.
He even raped one girl when she was just five years old.
Today at Southampton Crown Court, Judge Peter Henry sentenced case to 21 years for his crimes.
Case was told his actions were abhorrent by Judge Henry who said he had abused his position of trust by carrying out a campaign of abuse against five young girls over 25 years.
Now the girls he abused and their families are demanding answers as to why Case was allowed to continue to foster and why social services chiefs in Hampshire and Southampton or police failed to step in to stop him.
Judge Henry said he had developed his own opinion of the 68-year-old during the course of the trial at Southampton Crown Court and felt he was “devious, manipulative, cunning, defensive, aggressive and obsessive.”
He went on to tell Case, who sat emotionless in the box, that he had followed “a past of systematic abuse.”
He described Case’s treatment of a young girl who he raped when she was just four as “cunning and depraved.”
He added that the girl, who is now aged 19 but was fostered by him at the age of three, could not have had a worse start in life.
Judge Henry went on to describe how the “most surprising thing” was that the sexual abuse she suffered “for reasons that still escape me” never led to the prosecution of Case in the late 1990s.
He added: “Social services did not prevent you from being involved with young children thereafter. You must have been manipulative and persuasive and have persuaded them you were not an abuser.”
Case was told that he would continue to pose a danger to female children and the public could only be protected from him by a custodial sentence.
Case was told he would be on the sex offenders register for the rest of his life and could not be considered for release until at the very earliest half way through his sentence.
All of Case’s victims were in court to see him be sentenced as were members of his family including his wife Carol, who is in a wheelchair.
Hampshire Constabulary have admitted they missed ‘several chances’ to prosecute Case, over the years.