A child rape victim says she still has nightmares after suffering years of torment and abuse at the hands of a vile Blackpool rapist.
John Paul Lee, 36, of Lytham Road, Shore, was today waking up behind bars after he was convicted of raping and indecently assaulted two young girls.
He was found guilty of nine counts of raping a child and six counts of indecently assaulting a child and was sentenced to 17 years in prison at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court.
He was also ordered to sign the Sex Offender’s Register for life.
Between about 2002 and 2008, Lee repeatedly sexually abused two young girls at an address in Oldham.
Plying the girls with drink and drugs, he would force the youngsters to watch pornography and perform sex acts on him.
He also raped and indecently assaulted them.
Lee first started abusing the girls when one was just four years old and the other eight.
In 2011 he raped one of the girls when she was 13.
In a victim impact statement, one of the victim’s wrote: “When I look back to when the abuse was happening to me I realise that I was not a normal child – he made me experiment with drugs and started me smoking at the age of seven.
“I had no childhood. I struggle to sleep.
“When I wake up in the night I have to turn my light on to make sure no one else is in the room and I have nightmares frequently.
“They are about what he did to me but mainly him making me watch him do things to the other victim.
“I hear her screaming.
“I see her crying and I feel helpless that I cannot stop it.”
PC Natalie Eastwood, from the Chadderton Public Protection Investigation Unit, said: “These two girls had their childhoods snatched away from them in the most appalling of circumstances.
“Lee is an evil, depraved man who subjected them both to unimaginable abuse.”
She added: “It was heart-wrenching for me to hear what lasting and significant impact the abuse has had on them both physically and psychologically and try as I might I cannot adequately reflect this in words.
“That makes the fact they came forward, spoke to police and supported the prosecution all the more remarkable and shows how we will support victims to give them a voice so that abusers like Lee get brought to justice and do not get away with their heinous crimes.”