December 2020

‘Dangerous’ Basildon paedophile who never admitted to his crimes jailed

A paedophile who terrorised two different victims for seven years has been sentenced to 24 years behind bars.

John Edwards repeatedly sexually assaulted and raped two victims between 2010 and 2017.

His crimes came to light in 2018, when his second victim approached the police.

At the time of the offences, at least one of the victims was under the age of 13.

Edwards was charged with eight counts of child rape, five counts of sexual assault on a child, sexual activity with children, inciting children into sexual activity, and engaging in sexual activity in the presence of children.

The 44-year-old, of Gordon Road, Basildon, Essex, never admitted to any of his crimes, which forced the victims to give evidence at the trial.

He will now spend 24 years behind bars, with a further six years to be served on licence.