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A sexual predator, Levi Auguste, 35, has been sentenced to 12 years’ imprisonment after pleading guilty.
Auguste from Little Ilford Lane, Newham was sentenced at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Monday, 9 November with a requirement to sign on to the Sex Offers Register indefinitely.
He preyed on lone women under the cover of darkness targetting females around a women’s refuge facility.
His eight female victims, aged between 27 and 64 gave statements to the police detailing how Auguste had approached them with a sex toy as they walked during darkness and exposed himself to them.
Auguste had earlier pleaded guilty at an earlier court appearance to seven counts of indecent exposure; one count of trespassing with intent to commit a sexual offence, and one count of causing a person to engage in sexual activity without consent.
The sexual predator attacked his victims between Sunday, 15 December 2019 and Thursday, 9 January, according to the police report.
One of the victims said Auguste tried to force himself into her residence in an attempt to commit sexual offences against her.
Another victim said Auguste forced her to perform sexual acts on him in the street.
Detectives had released an image of the suspect on social media which resulted in the suspect being identified and was later arrested on Saturday, 18 January.
One of the investigators from the North East CID team, Detective Constable Joshua Palmer described the incident as “shocking”, adding that Auguste’s action would have “caused significant distressed to the women he targeted”
“I would like to commend the bravery of the victims in this case for coming forward to report this horrific behaviour.
“Auguste preyed on vulnerable lone women under the cover of darkness to commit these acts. Due to the overwhelming evidence against him, he had no choice but to plead guilty to the offences that he had committed.
“This case demonstrates that anyone who may have been a victim of a similar offence can be reassured that if they come forward to report such behaviour to the police, their complaint will be taken seriously and investigated fully by the Met.”