Shepway Man Jailed For Abusing Two Young Boys

11 May 2016, 06:40 | Updated: 11 May 2016, 06:44

A Shepway man, who admitted abusing two teenage boys, has been jailed for six years.

James Desiree, 39, formerly of Lower Sands, Dymchurch, was sentenced at Canterbury Crown Court on 29 April.

Desiree initially pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual activity with a child, but during court proceedings eventually admitted a further three counts. That brought the total to five counts of sexual activity with a child.

He was given a six-year prison sentence, disqualified from working with children for life, and will remain on the sex offenders register indefinitely.

During the summer holidays 2013 Desiree, who under the name of Steve McWilliams, befriended a 15-year-old boy in the Shepway area.

After a couple of weeks Desiree pressured him into committing sexual acts on a number of occasions.

The victim confided in another teenage boy about the assaults.

Desiree then went on to sexually assault the pair of them in the rear yard of a café he owned at the time.

But the assault was captured on film by the victims and the footage was passed to Kent Police.

When interviewed by officers Desiree initially denied the assaulting the two victims. 

In his second police interview, officers confronted him with the film footage and he admitted he had lied.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Heather Moore said: ‘His victims were vulnerable and Desiree should have known better. He pestered his first victim into submission and carried out despicable crimes against both young boys.

‘They had the courage to speak up and report what was going on and it is due to their bravery that Desiree has been brought before the courts.’