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Sex attacker Christopher Astrauskas jailed for 18 years

Christopher Astrauskas Image copyright West Midlands Police
Image caption Christopher Astrauskas was trapped for a second time after police raided his house in an unrelated investigation and found indecent images

A convicted sex offender has been jailed for 18 years after admitting further offences.

Christopher Astrauskas served three years for indecent assault on a young girl in the 1990s in Wishaw, Scotland.

After his release he moved to Walsall, West Midlands, where he came to police attention during a hunt for two missing boys in 2014.

The children weren't at his flat but officers discovered indecent images of other children during a search.

Several potential victims were traced and one gave evidence of abuse she had suffered at a very young age at the hands of Astrauskas.

The 52-year-old, from Lindon Drive, Brownhills, admitted indecent assault, sexual assault, gross indecency and making indecent images.

He was jailed at Wolverhampton Crown on Wednesday and will remain on the sex offenders register for life.

The victim's mother was sentenced to 20 months in prison in January after admitting child cruelty offences which included failing to prevent her daughter from being sexually assaulted.

Detective Constable Allison Wilkins said: "This young woman had suffered awful neglect, as well as physical and emotional abuse, as a child at the hands of her mother, who regularly left her alone in a communal area where they lived at an age when she should have had adult supervision.

"She also knowingly allowed the abuse by Astrauskas to happen.

"Yet this resilient young woman has managed to rebuild her life and ensure that her own children are protected in a way that she never was.

"Her testimony and the evidence taken from Astrauskas' flat left him with little option other than to plead guilty."

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