Paedophile James Coe sent to jail for raping young boy
A PAEDOPHILE from Crowborough has been jailed after subjecting a child to two years of "horrendous" abuse.
James Coe, 31, of Crowborough Hill, was found guilty of three counts of child cruelty and three counts of rape by a jury, and at Lewes Crown Court last week was jailed for 16 years.
Coe's victim was subjected to acts so cruel they have given him recurring nightmares.
Judge Guy Anthony said some of the offences were in the "highest bracket" he had ever seen.
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The court was told on one occasion Coe ordered the primary school pupil to stand still without moving.
The little boy was so terrified he stood for hours, petrified about what might happen to him.
On three occasions Coe raped the youngster as punishment.
Detective Constable Amy Green, who was investigating the case, told the Courier: "This was a very distressing case in which a young boy was subjected to the most horrendous abuse over a two-year period.
"The child was brave enough to speak to his parents and the police were contacted. A thorough investigation took place which resulted in the offender being charged with a number of serious sexual offences and child cruelty."
The victim's mother wrote a statement for the court describing how she and her family had been affected by the trauma.
She said her son had been suffering nightmares since the offences began.
Judge Anthony said: "It almost beggars belief that someone could treat a child the way that you did.
"You held him by his throat against the wall. When he didn't do as you told him you held him and assaulted him.
"There is little mitigation. The most powerful would have been to show remorse and plead guilty.
"You decided not to do that. You put him through the ordeal of giving evidence and his parents as well."
Coe was sentenced to 16 years in prison on each count of rape and two-and-a-half years on each count of cruelty to run concurrently.
He was also banned from working with children under a Sexual Offences Prevention Order.