A MAN is behind bars after being jailed for 11 years for rape and a further string of sex offences.
Derek Storey carried out the sickening attacks on four young victims over the space of several years.
The 51-year-old, of Westheath Avenue, Sunderland, is today starting the 11-year sentence for the “devastating” abuse, which has plagued his victims throughout their lives.
One of his victims has made eight attempts on her life as a result of the abuse, Newcastle Crown Court heard.
Another victim branded Storey a “sick individual who deserves no compassion for what he’s done”.
A third said: “Whatever happens to him, it’s not enough. He has destroyed me and my young life.”
The court heard that Storey’s twisted behaviour began with molesting his first victim, going on to rape her a few years later, telling her to “shut up and lie there”.
The abuse first came to light when one of the victims referred to Storey as a “dirty pervert” in a Facebook conversation.
Eventually all four came forward.
When he was arrested on June 12 last year, Storey claimed the allegations were all “fabricated”.
Alec Burns, defending Storey, said that the abuse was a case of “curiosity” that had gone too far.
He said: “Things started off as curiosity but he accepts that things went far far beyond that.
“He seems to have accepted responsibility for his activities.”
Storey pleaded guilty to 11 counts of indecent assault and one count of rape on the morning of the trial, with all four victims ready to give evidence.
Sentencing him at Newcastle Crown Court, Judge David Wood said the effects on the victims had been devastating.
“They have all suffered and it’s really a wonder that all four of them have survived.
“These offences are so serious, only custody can be justified for them.”