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Paedophile rapist who filmed sex acts jailed for 16 years

Lee Curley Credit: PA

A rapist who filmed himself carrying out depraved sex acts on a young girl said to be under the age of 13, has been jailed for 16 years.

Lee Curley raped his victim repeatedly over a 10-month period, filming his sick acts on a mobile phone and iPad, police said.

A detective constable who investigated the case described it as "one of the worst cases" they had dealt with.

The 36-year-old, of Tower Hamlets, east London, took more than 120 pictures and videos of his attacks on the young girl, between May 2014 and March 2016.

On top of this, police found more than 1,000 similar pictures and videos of children being abused in his possession.

It was also found that Curley had been grooming a second victim between 2012 and 2014.

He was caught by police in March after evidence of the attacks were discovered on his iPad.

After pleading guilty to a total of 10 charges, Curley was jailed for 16-years at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Friday and given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for life.

Four of Curley's charges related to his attacks on the young girl. These were rape of a girl under 13, possessing an extreme pornographic image portraying rape, possessing indecent photographs of a child and making indecent photographs of a child.

He also admitted six offences related to the grooming of his second victim: These were three offences of inciting a girl aged 13 to 15 to engage in sexual activity and three offences of causing a child under 13 to look at an image of sexual activity.

Metropolitan Police Detective Constable Carla Goymer-Ellice said: "My thoughts throughout this inquiry have been with those who suffered at the hands of this man.

"In 14 years of investigating serious and sexual crime, this was one of the worst cases I have dealt with.

"It was a terrible series of assaults that upset even experienced investigators, but we were all fully committed to bringing the man responsible to justice."