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Rotherham child rapist Lee Pearson has sentence doubled

Lee Pearson Image copyright South Yorkshire Police
Image caption Lee Pearson was previously jailed for killing a boy in a hit and run while driving a stolen car

A child rapist has had his jail sentence doubled by the Court of Appeal.

Lee Pearson, from Rotherham, was sentenced to six years' imprisonment. That has now been raised to 12 years.

He was found guilty of rape, serious sexual assault and six counts of sexual activity with a child at Sheffield Crown Court in June.

The sentence was referred under the unduly lenient sentence scheme.

Jeremy Wright QC, the Attorney General, said: "These were appalling crimes carried out over an 11-month period against two children.

"Having befriended his teenage victims, Lee Pearson went on to subject them to a sustained campaign of intimidation and violence."

Det Con James Crossley, from South Yorkshire Police's child sexual exploitation unit, previously commended the bravery of both young girls for reporting the offences to police and for facing their attacker in court.

Lee Pearson has six previous convictions for 16 offences, one of which saw him jailed for four years after killing a 16-year-old scooter rider while driving a stolen car.

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