Northampton 'sexual predator' jailed for 'shocking' abuse of boy 'for his own twisted gratification'

Lovey found guilty of sexual offences involving a child under the age of 15, including attempted rape and assault

Monday, 24th May 2021, 5:47 pm
Updated Monday, 24th May 2021, 5:57 pm

A Northampton 'sexual predator' who groomed and abused a boy with 'an appalling determination' was jailed for three years today (Monday, May 24).

Levi Lovey was found guilty of sexual offences involving a child under the age of 15, including attempted rape, sexual assault and sexual activity with a child at Manchester Crown Court.

The 21-year-old, of Arbour View Court, will also be required to sign the Sex Offenders Register for life, and a sexual harm prevention order has been imposed to protect the wider public from his crimes.

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Levi Lovey. Photo: Greater Manchester Police

Greater Manchester Police Detective Constable Sajid Pervaiz said: "This was a complex investigation and the victim in this case has demonstrated immense bravery in giving evidence, no doubt having to re-live trauma.

"I commend his strength for being able to come forward. He has played an important part in exposing the harmful behaviour and risk posed by Lovey.

"I hope this result sends a message to all victims who are suffering in silence that we will thoroughly investigate allegations of sexual offences against children, and do everything we can to bring those offenders to justice.

"It's never too late for someone to come forward and report sexual abuse. Our safeguarding teams work relentlessly to identify sexual offenders and prevent any harm coming to potential victims.

"Despite the restrictions Covid currently has on our communities, I would urge anyone experiencing sexual abuse of any kind to get in touch with our teams - we are here to support you."

An NSPCC spokesperson added: “Lovey is clearly a sexual predator who showed an appalling determination to abuse this boy with no thought but for his own twisted gratification.

“The devastation caused to children by sexual abuse can last well into adulthood, and we would urge anyone who has experienced abuse, no matter when it happened, or who the perpetrator is, to come forward.

"The young victim has shown great courage in speaking out against Lovey’s shocking crimes, and we hope he is receiving all the support he needs.”

Children can contact Childline on 0800 1111. Adults with concerns about the wellbeing of a child can contact the NSPCC helpline on 0808 8005000 or email [email protected]