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Tonbridge sex offender Owen Strong facing jail after molesting woman at his own wedding party

06 February 2014
by Keith Hunt
A serial sex offender who molested a woman after his own wedding reception is facing a long jail sentence.
 
Owen Strong also had a fetish for sexually abusing women and taking photos while they were asleep.
 
The 42-year-old pervert, formerly of Mortley Close, Tonbridge, was convicted of three offences of rape, assault by penetration and sexual assault.
The case was heard at Maidstone Crown Court

The case was heard at Maidstone Crown Court

He admitted another offence of sexual assault, sexual activity with a child and taking indecent photographs.
 
Strong was acquitted of a further charge of assault by penetration and indecent exposure.
 
Maidstone Crown Court heard Strong committed a string of sexual offences with women and girls between 2009 and 2012.
 
"He took advantage of opportunities to commit sexual offences against those who were vulnerable because of their age..." - Christopher May, prosecuting
On the night of his wedding in 2009, at a hotel in Hampshire, he asked two sisters if he could use the toilet in their room, said prosecutor Christopher May.
 
When he emerged from the bathroom, he went over to one of the women and pulled down her knickers. He later claimed it was a joke.
 
He went on his honeymoon - a camping trip - the next morning and his wife knew nothing of the assault until they returned.
 
Strong also assaulted a 17-year-old girl at an Abba-themed New Year's Eve party.
 
She was awoken by the flash of a camera phone and realised Strong was taking intimate photos of her and touching her after taking down her underwear.
 
"It is a common feature of some of the case that the person sexually abused was asleep at the time," said Mr May. "There is something of a pattern to his sexual offending against women and children.
 
"He took advantage of opportunities to commit sexual offences against those who were vulnerable because of their age."
 
When his phone was seized, indecent pictures of the girl were found. There were also indecent photos of a woman while she was asleep.
Scales of justice

The scales of justice

The teenager had gone to sleep at the New Year's Eve party when Strong assaulted her. She awoke to find him touching her breasts.
 
The victim noticed Strong was breathing heavily. He fled when he heard is girlfriend approaching.
 
Another of the offences involved Strong having sex with a woman and committing other sexual offences while she was asleep.
 
On his phone were close-up photos of the woman's private parts showing his hand assaulting her.
 
Sentence was adjourned until March 24. Strong was remanded in custody.


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