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Child rapist Leroy James, 40, 'posed serious risk'

Leroy James
Image caption The judge says he believed James posed "a serious risk" to the public

A child rapist who used handcuffs and drugs on his victims has been given an indeterminate prison sentence.

Leroy James, 40, attacked four girls aged as young as nine over a 10-year period in Bristol, Sheffield and Nottingham.

James, formerly of St Judes and Southmead in Bristol, was found guilty of 16 offences, including eight counts of rape.

Bristol Crown Court heard he continues to deny any wrongdoing.

The court heard one of his victims had miscarried his child after being raped several times.

James used handcuffs and drugs to stop his victims from resisting or escaping, the court was told.

Sentencing James to a minimum of 10 years, Judge Michael Longman said he believed he posed "a serious risk" to the public.

"Your behaviour was manipulative, callous and at times brutal," he said.

"These four girls were vulnerable. All of them were damaged in some way.

"There can only be a substantial sentence of imprisonment."

Det Insp Gary Stephens, from Avon and Somerset Police's Child Abuse Investigation Unit, said: "We are pleased with sentence passed today on Leroy James and hope that this will allow his victims to move on and attempt to rebuild their lives."

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