A 46-year-old man, who raped and sexually abused two boys in the late 90s, has been jailed for 22 years.
Lee Martin, of Denewood Crescent in Bilborough, was sentenced today (Friday 11 August 2017) following a three week trial.
The court heard how in 1996, Martin groomed one boy and over a four year period, he sexually abused him.
In 1999, he then groomed another boy and over a four year period he sexually assaulted him and raped him on two occasions.
Martin was first arrested in July 2015 when the first victim came forward and was subsequently charged with a number of child sexual offences, including rape and indecent assault against three victims.
He pleaded not guilty to 21 counts of child sex offences at Nottingham Crown Court on Monday 24 July 2017 and a trial commenced. The jury convicted him of 14 counts of sexually touching a child without consent and two counts of rape relating to two of the victims. They were also hung on a third count of rape.
There were four counts of sexual touching relating to a third victim. The jury was unable to reach a decision on three of those counts and found Martin not guilty of the fourth.
Martin worked as a martial arts instructor in Bilborough at the time of the incidents.
As well as the prison sentence, he will have to sign the sex offenders register for life, received an automatic ban from working with children and was issued with an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order.
Detective Constable Laura Clarke said: “The victims have been carrying this burden for around 20 years and have shown great strength in coming forward and seeing the case through trial. It’s been a lengthy investigation of gathering evidence and piecing together information. We are pleased with the sentence and hope it encourages victims to continue to report these incidents to us no matter how long ago they happened. We will do everything we can to bring such offenders to justice and hope the victims can find some closure from the outcomes.”