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Pervert Owen Strong formerly of Tonbridge jailed for rapes, sex assaults and molesting a young girl

A pervert who molested a woman hours after his wedding and had a fetish for taking photos of his victims while they were asleep has been jailed for 17 years.

A judge said Owen Strong took advantage of girls and women within his “orbit” after he had been drinking.

Maidstone Crown Court heard in January how the 42-year-old father committed a string of offences between 2009 and 2012.

Owen Strong, 42 formerly of Mortley Close, Tonbridge, jailed for 17 years

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 young 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, formerly of Mortley Close, Tonbridge, also assaulted a 17-year-old girl at an Abba theme 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.

She told how he was breathing heavily and touching her breasts. He fled when he heard is girlfriend approaching.

Judge Michael Carroll

“It is a common feature 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.”

When his phone was seized indecent pictures of the girl were found. There were also indecent photos of a woman while she was asleep.

Another of the offences involved Strong raping a woman and committing other sexual offences while she was asleep. He also took sordid photos.

"These were gross sexual offences and the abhorrence of society must be reflected as far as your behaviour is concerned” - Judge Michael Carroll

Strong denied three offences of rape, assault by penetration and sexual assault, but was convicted.

He admitted another offence of sexual assault, sexual activity with a child and taking indecent photographs.

Judge Michael Carroll told Strong, of Stanley, West Yorkshire: “The aggravating features here are manifold.

"These were gross sexual offences and the abhorrence of society must be reflected as far as your behaviour is concerned.”

Strong’s name will appear on the sex offenders’ register and a sexual offences prevention order was made, both indefinitely. He will be banned from working with children.

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