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Child rapist sentenced to seventeen years behind bars

29-year-old Lee Ornstein of Malew Street, Castletown, Isle of Man. Credit: Norfolk Police.

A man who admitted raping a girl under the age of 13 four times has been sentenced to 17 years in prison.

Lee Ornstein, 29 from the Isle of Man was convicted at Norwich Crown Court earlier today (September 23) after admitting to the assaults last July.

He had previously denied the abuse which happened in Great Yarmouth between June 1 and September 30 in 2014.

Police have praised the victims bravery after she spoke out, ensuring Mr Ornstein’s conviction.

"This was a terrible case which has had a profound impact on the victim and her family.

"The bravery she has shown in speaking to police must be commended.

"We hope such a result will help to reassure victims that we will always investigate any allegations of sexual abuse thoroughly and as a consequence bring offenders to justice.”

– Detective Constable Holly Beevis

The NSPCC has said that protecting children is everyone’s responsibility and also spoke of the victim's courage.

"Ornstein put a vulnerable young girl through such a horrific experience. It will no doubt leave a devastating impact on her life.

“His victim showed enormous courage in coming forward to speak up about what had happened to her.

“Now she has finally got justice and contributed to making children safer.

“Child protection is everyone’s responsibility. We must all be alert to signs of a child’s distress and responsible enough to act on our concerns without hesitation."

– NSPCC spokesperson

Ornstein has been placed on the Sex Offenders Register indefinitely.

For help and support children can contact ChildLine 24 hours a day, 365 days a year on 0800 1111 or by visiting www.childline.org.uk.