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serial sex offender handed 22 year prison sentence

Written by on 15 June 2021

A victim of a serial sex offender from Stoke-on-Trent has spoken out after her attacker was sentenced to more than 20 years in prison.

The woman, who can’t be named for legal reasons, said she’ll continue to live with the damage caused by 47-year-old Paul James but that justice had been served and that he’d been held accountable for his actions.

She also said that people, who find themselves in a similar situation to her, will be believed and taken seriously so should come forward.

James, who’s from Penkhull, will now spend 22 years in jail after being found guilty of six counts of rape against girls under the age of 16 between 1999 and 2007.

James, who was described as a “sexual predator” by the Judge, was also convicted of five other counts of sexual assault against his three victims.

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