September 2015: William Lee happily posing for a photograph on the day of his release from prison last month. He has family in Halesowen and has been spotted several times there several times since his release.

March 2009

Fourteen years for Halesowen child rapist


A 38-year-old Halesowen man who carried out a string of sickening sex attacks on a 10-year-old schoolgirl has been jailed for 14 years.

Judge Nicholas Webb told William Lee the damage he had done to his young victim was impossible to calculate and said reports indicated he posed a serious risk to young children.

Sentencing Lee at Wolverhampton Crown Court this morning, the judge told him: “You imposed your will on this girl and you selfishly exploited her for your own gratification.”

The court heard he raped and sexually abused the child for over a year.

DNA forensics revealed the child’s blood mixed with his sperm was found on the girls underwear. 

Due to the extend of the abuse, doctors stated that the child had been damaged in the private area.

In an impact statement, the child said: “He has ruined my life”

Lee, of Crimmond Road, had been found guilty by a jury on majority verdicts at the end of his trial on five charges of rape.

In total he was convicted on:

  • Five charges of rape

  • Two charges of sexual assault

  • Sexual activity with a child

  • Causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity

  • Sexual activity in the presence of a child

The court was told that the victim had self harmed and had tried committing suicide many times since. The child also suffers from depression as a direct result of the abuse.

The Judge further ordered Lee to register as a Sex Offender for life and he barred him from ever working with children.

He said it was clear Lee still refused to accept responsibility for his actions but added: “I think you can be managed by a long determinate sentence and the ancillary orders.”

The Judge told Lee he had committed a number of “grave” offences