October 2011

13 years’ jail for man who raped teens 15 times

A RAPIST who preyed on three teenage girls has been jailed for 13 years.

Dennis Longmore, of Third Avenue, Kidsgrove, groomed his victims before subjecting them to a series of sustained sex attacks over a 20-year period.

The 59-year-old’s catalogue of abuse only came to light when his victims contacted police individually.

Now Longmore has admitted 15 counts of rape, one charge of indecent assault and one charge of indecency with a child.

Since being arrested by police Longmore has been treated in hospital after trying to kill himself on at least two occasions.

Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard that Longmore would remove his victims’ clothes before raping them and would also force them to perform sex acts on him.

One of the victims told how she wanted to die after being abused by Longmore.

Jason Aris, prosecuting, said: “The offences have had quite an impact on her life.

“She attended counselling and was put on anti-depressants.”

Colin Drew, defending, said that Longmore was remorseful over what he had done.

He said: “He fully accepts his guilt and has had time to reflect on his wrongdoing.

“He has attempted suicide on more than one occasion and was hospitalised, it was not some kind of cry for help.

“He also understands the impact this has had on his victims.”

Passing sentence, Judge Robert Trevor-Jones said Longmore had left his young victims traumatised, with one fearing she may have become pregnant.

He said: “You’re 59 years old and effectively your past has caught up with you.

“I’ve read the psychiatric report and the pre-sentence report and it appears you have a sexual attraction to young girls. You are a danger.”

Judge Trevor-Jones jailed Longmore for 13 years, with a further three years on licence.

He also ordered Longmore to be disqualified from working with children and be put on the sex offenders’ register for life.

After the case, Detective Constable Debbie Gray, of Staffordshire Police, said: “We are committed to protecting children and other vulnerable members of the community.

“We thoroughly investigate all allegations of sexual abuse, including historical cases, and work with partners to tackle these very serious crimes in a sensitive manner.

“Anyone with information about sexual abuse should contact the protecting vulnerable people department on 0300 1234455.”