‘Deviant’ rapist who lured his victims online jailed for 17 years
A RAPIST who used a fake dating profile to subject women to his ‘deviant sexual fantasies’ has been jailed for 17 years.
Robert Devereux, 50, of Roseway, Macclesfield, posed as a young, attractive man online to lure his ‘besotted’ victims - who he raped, blackmailed and sexually assaulted.
Chester Crown Court heard how Devereux’s actions had a devastating effect on his three victims, who cannot be named but who each had impact statements read out.
It was said one woman was convinced to go to his house and wait for his alter-ego - while naked and blindfolded on his bed.
As Devereux sexually assaulted her she realised it was not the man from the dating profile but he pinned her down and said, ‘do as you are told’.
Another woman taken in by his fake profile was said to be so infatuated with her prospective partner she agreed to have sex with an invented ‘friend’.
This was Devereux himself, who recorded the encounter and blackmailed her into having further sexual activity and into handing over £2,500.
In jailing him, Judge Patrick Thompson said: “You are a manipulative, deceitful sexual predator, you preyed on the insecurities and vulnerabilities of women.
“You began to groom them and by presenting yourself as charm personified you brought these women under your control.
“You feel no remorse or responsibility.
“All you were looking for was a woman to control, on who you could play out your deviant sexual fantasies. You will stop at nothing to satisfy your sexual deviancy.”
At a trial Devereux had been found guilty of seven counts of rape and blackmail on one victim and sexual assault and false imprisonment against another.
He had also admitted a charge of fraud regarding a third woman.
Matthew Corbett-Jones, prosecuting, read from a victim impact statement in which the woman said she had made a ‘genuine attempt’ to take her own life after what had happened.
Another victim said in her statement: “I am a different person, I view myself differently.
“I am haunted by his face and voice, the thought of seeing him again terrifies me.”
Defending Devereux, Andrew Green, said the impact of the sentence on him would be ‘felt acutely’ as he would lose contact with his elderly mum.
He said: “He is staring into the abyss, the pain his actions have caused is difficult to measure.
“The best I can say is that this was a highly unusual case. He is sorry for what he has done and the hurt he has caused.”