‘De­viant’ rapist who lured his vic­tims on­line jailed for 17 years

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - ALEX SCAPENS

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.”

Robert Dev­ereux

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