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Sex attacker freed by judge went on to rape two women
A CHILD sex attacker spared jail by an Oxford judge who said he had “a lot of good” in him has been locked up for 20 years for raping two women.
Paedophile Steven Jeanne has been jailed after raping two women, beating one of them, and downloading child pornography.
But six years ago, the 44-year-old – then living in Bicester – was spared jail at Oxford Crown Court after a jury convicted him of sexually assaulting a nine-year-old girl.
And last night critics said Jeanne, now of Brenthouse Road in Hackney, should never have been allowed to strike again.
Sentencing in 2007, Judge Christopher Compston said Jeanne, formerly of Barry Avenue in Bicester, was a “normal man” who had “a lot of good” in him and had “misbehaved” while drunk.
Judge Compston said: “I have no doubt this is serious, disgraceful and disgusting.
“However, I accept you are just a normal man who probably in drink misbehaved, and for that reason I will give you this chance.
“I will make it absolutely clear if anything like this happens again, even a whisper, then to prison you will go, and your reputation will go forever.”
Paul Reid, defending, told Judge Compston Jeanne did not deserve prison.
He said: “This really does have the feeling of a one-off about it.”
Judge Compston handed Jeanne a three-year supervision order with requirements to attend a sex offenders’ programme.
Jeanne, a former Oxfordshire County Council IT worker who held information on schools, was also put on to the Sex Offenders’ Register for life for abusing the youngster in Banbury in January 2006.
But it has now emerged that the sex attacker moved to London and raped a woman in Hackney in October last year.
He was arrested and police found indecent images of children and extreme porno- graphy on his computer.
While on bail awaiting trial for the rape, he beat his victim in March this year and was taken into custody.
In February, another woman had come forward to say she had been raped by Jeanne in Newham in 2011.
Marilyn Hawes, of sexual abuse campaign group Enough Abuse, said Jeanne should never have been allowed to abuse again. And she said a harsher sentence in 2007 might have prevented the rapes.
She said: “You are talking about a crime against a nine-year-old girl. That nine-year-old has been served a life sentence by this man.”
For the new offences, Jeanne was sentenced at Snaresbrook Crown Court after a trial in July.
He admitted 14 counts of possessing of indecent images of children and extreme pornography.
Det Insp Patrick Milford, of the Hackney police team, said Jeanne was “a very dangerous sexual deviant” who preyed on “vulnerable women”.
Judge Compston, who retired this year, was not available for comment.
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