September 2013

Birmingham sex attacker – who assaulted six-year-old girl while her mum gave birth – is jailed


A sex attacker who indecently assaulted three girls over two decades – including a six-year-old left in his care whilst her mum gave birth in hospital – has been jailed.

Terence Lee, of Sandgate Road, Hall Green, assaulted his victims between the late 70s and the mid-90s when they were aged from six to 19-years-old.

The 54-year-old pressured them into keeping quiet about the attacks.

But last year one of his victims – now in her early 30s – broke her silence during a visit to see a relative in Cheshire.

That prompted the two other women to speak out about their ordeal at Lee’s hands.

After an investigation by Coventry Police’s Public Protection Unit he was charged with four counts of indecent assault.

Lee was found guilty by a jury, at Birmingham Crown Court on Monday (Sept 23) and jailed for three years.

He was placed on the Sex Offenders Register indefinitely and given a Sex Offender’s Prevention Order (SOPO) that stops him having unsupervised access with children for the next 10 years.

Investigating officer, Detective Constable Jon Barker, said: “These are some of the most disturbing breaches of trust I’ve investigated.

“To sexually assault a young girl placed in his care as her mum gave birth in hospital is truly despicable.

“These offences haunted the victims for many years and no doubt during those years Lee believed he’d ‘got away’ with the attacks. However, after one confided in a relative the matter was reported to police and we unearthed the extent of Lee’s offending.

“Some of the cases we investigate are historic in nature. Victims may only feel ready to talk about abuse they suffered many years after the incidents. And whenever they do feel ready the police and support services are here for them.

“And our message to offenders is simple: we could come knocking at any time…they cannot rest easily and for them time doesn’t heal.”

Lee assaulted the six-year-old girl at an address in Chelmsley Wood in the late 1980s, several years after he’d exposed himself to a 19-year-old girl at his home and then attacked her as she tried to escape.

And in the 1990s he sexually assaulted an 11-year-old girl during an overnight stay at his Birmingham flat.

Lee was arrested last November and Public Protection officers secured compelling evidence against Lee after spending time with the victims to get a clearer understanding of his offending.

DC Barker, added: “We have Public Protection officers who are specially trained to deal sensitively and compassionately with sex offence victims; they are able to support and guide them every step of the way from initial report to court conclusion.

“As recent cases show we have a successful track record of bringing historic sex offenders to justice even if the crimes they’ve committed are many years, even decades in the past. We’re determined sex offenders won’t escape punishment and we’d encourage any victims to contact us so that we can take action.”