June 2008

Paedophile’s 30 years of abuse

A PAEDOPHILE who sexually abused young girls over a 30-year period has been jailed.

Kenneth Lott, 42, of Clay Hill Road, Basildon, admitted a string of attacks, which started in 1978 when he was just 12.

His three victims were all under 16 and the final girl, just nine, Basildon Crown Court heard.

Lott admitted five charges of indecent assault, one of committing an act of gross indecency and four counts of sexual touching.

Judge Rupert Overbury jailed Lott for four-and-a-half years and banned him from ever being alone with children.

He said: “You have conducted a number of sexual attacks on young girls.

“These began when you were 12 years old and carried on until you were about 40, the most serious being the sexual attacks on a nine-year-old when you were in your late thirties.”

Lott’s lawyer, Maria Dineen, said his actions had left him “deeply ashamed” and “truly remorseful”. He struggled to explain his behaviour.

She added: “It is no exaggeration to say he is racked with guilt.”

When Lott was arrested last year, he made full and frank admissions.

She told the judge some of the assaults were carried out when he was “physically and sexually immature”, but none involved violence or the full sex act.

When interviewed by police, Lott said he needed help with his “desire” for young girls.

A probation report described in as being at medium risk of re-offending.

The first two indecent assaults were between 1978 and 1981, on a girl under the age of 13.

Lott also admitted indecently assaulting a girl under the age of 14 three times, between 1997 and 1998.

He had also pleaded guilty to and act of gross indecency on a girl under 16 between 1997 and 1998, as well as four counts of sexually touching a child under the age of 13, in 2006 and 2007.