June 2021

‘Opportunist’ paedophile who sexually abused a five-year-old girl

A paedophile who sexually abused a five-year-old girl has been jailed.

Nicholas McLeavey, known as Leon, was convicted by a Leicester Crown Court jury of three counts of inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity.

The 51-year-old, formerly of Netherhall, Leicester, had denied the offences which forced the young victim to give evidence.

Prosecutor Siward James-Moore said the offences, involving indecent touching, happened when the victim was aged between five and six, when the defendant – who has previous convictions for sex offences – would have been in his late 40’s.

The girl described in a video recorded statement the defendant’s last assault on her, saying: “He was pushing me and grabbing me.”

She said she stopped him by kicking him and moving away.

Sentencing, Judge Keith Raynor said he had read a statement from the victim’s mother describing the “stress and pressure” her daughter felt about not being believed and how the child’s life had been affected.

Some planning was involved in the acts of abuse because the defendant had to make sure “the coast was clear” when they took place, the judge added

The court heard that McLeavey’s previous sex offending, in the late 1990’s, included indecent exposure, indecent assault and inciting a 10-year-old girl to commit gross indecency.

Judge Raynor said: “I accept your earlier convictions – which are relevant – were a long time ago.

“But for one of those offences you were given a 12 month prison sentence and before that you had a probation order that was allowed to continue.”

McLeavey has now been jailed for eight years.

He was placed on a sexual harm prevention order and a restraining order banning any contact with the prosecution witnesses, for 10 years in both cases.

He was also told that his details would be held a sex offender register for life.