Child sex offender found guilty following trial
A 29-year-old child sex offender, who reportedly now resides in Grimsby, has been found guilty of eight counts of rape.
According to Leicestershire Police, Cassius Povey was found guilty of raping several underaged victims at Leicester Crown Court.
After a four-week trial, a jury found him guilty of two counts of raping a woman over the age of 16 and six counts of raping a girl aged 13, 14 or 15.
The child sex offender was also found not guilty for one charge of rape to a girl aged 13, 14 or 15.
Povey previously pleaded guilty to several child sex offences at another hearing.
He is due to be sentenced on Thursday 24 February for his crimes, which occurred between 2010 and 2016.
According to The Lincolnite, Povey allegedly claimed to officers that he believed all the girls were 16 or over, but was subsequently charged with 22 offences in total, which involved nine female victims.
After the child sex offender’s trial, Detective Constable Kevin Sharkey said: “I’m pleased with the outcome at court today, [Friday 28 January,] and hope that it offers some closure to the survivors of Povey’s crimes.
“It’s been a long investigation with the gathering of a substantial amount of evidence.
“I want to pay tribute to the strength and resilience these women have shown throughout the cases.
“The courage they displayed when giving evidence in court has been admirable.
“These convictions clearly show that just because something happened a number of years ago, doesn’t mean nothing can be done.
“I would encourage any person who has found themselves abused in this way to speak with someone and contact the police as a first step to achieving justice and to get access to support.”
Millie Gant, manager of Juniper Lodge, Leicestershire’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC), added: “Dedicated and specialist staff can offer support and options available to you, whether you report to the police or not.
“Every person is different and we understand that you may be apprehensive or worried about making that initial contact.”
(Pictured: Leicester Crown Court)