‘Dangerous’ Bamber Bridge paedophile Michael Levy is jailed

Posted on - 4th September, 2023 - 10:18pm | Author - | Posted in - Bamber Bridge, Crime, Preston News, South Ribble News
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A Bamber Bridge man who raped a woman and sexually assaulted two children has been jailed.

Michael Levy, 39, of no fixed abode, is formerly of Woodfield, Bamber Bridge and was found guilty of a total of 13 sexual offences against children under the age of 13.

Levy, branded as ‘dangerous’ by the judge, carried out the rape of a woman while on Crown Court bail.

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He sexually assaulted his first victim, aged nine-years-old, on a number of occasions and then bombarded her with WhatsApp messages telling her he loved her.

Levy sexually assaulted his second victim, a 13-year-old, again on multiple occasions including while she was in her school uniform.

In November 22, Levy began messaging a woman he went on to rape. This was after having been interviewed and charged in relation to offences of sexual assault against the two young girls.

Levy messaged the woman – who he had met a decade earlier – out of the blue and then bombarded her with messages until she agreed to meet him for a coffee in January this year. He was barred from doing this under his bail conditions.

Following further messages Levy then turned up at her house uninvited and also at other locations – again breaching his bail conditions.

After more messages and pressuring his victim Levy convinced her to let him over to her house while a friend was there. While Levy was in the house the victim was messaging her friend stating how increasingly uncomfortable he was making her feel.

Levy, after the victim’s friend has left, began forcefully kissing and biting her. He then sexually assaulted and raped her – and smirked at the victim throughout her ordeal.

Levy’s further sexual offences occurred between 2019 and 2021 and were heard following a trial at Preston Crown Court in March.

Following a separate trial in July, Levy was found guilty of rape, assault by penetration, sexual assault and causing a person to engage in sexual activity without consent in relation to his adult victim.

Levy was sentenced to 18 years in custody with a further five years extended licence after a judge deemed him to be a dangerous offender.

He is also the subject of an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order and will have to sign the Sex Offenders Register for life.

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Victims tell of ‘awful impact’ Levy has had on their lives

The mother of the teenage victim wrote in a Victim Personal Statement to the court: “My daughter had been a very bubbly and lively girl and was just great to be around. In the lead up to her talking to us about what had happened, I had noticed a change in her.

“I wondered whether it was her being a typical teenager but now believe it was the impact of what Levy had done to her, beginning to affect her. Her moods and attitudes began to change, she started to talk back to me which she had never done previously, and we would end up arguing.

“I noticed her starting to not eat or drink as much as she had used to and had to work hard to encourage her to eat to try and stop her becoming ill.

“Once we had spoken to the police about what had happened, she started to have trouble with her sleep, she was so frightened of bumping into Levy and what he would do to her. She would tell me about vivid nightmares she had with Levy in them, I recall one specifically where she woke up in tears because of what had happened in the dream.”

The adult victim said in her victim personal statement: “It’s so difficult to put into words, I am emotionally drained all the time, I can’t think straight. I feel scared all the time. I struggle to sleep and when I do it’s only a couple of hours, then I am stressed at the children, it’s just awful.

“The children are upset, they don’t want to go to school, I just feel so sad for them. I think they wonder where their mum has gone, as I think I am just daydreaming most of the time. Stuck. Unable to go forward. Unable to get what happened out of my mind. One minute I am there, the next I am gone.”

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What police had to say

DC Jo Billington, of East CID, said: “Levy is a dangerous and predatory offender with a sordid sexual view and sense of entitlement towards both women and girls. He planned these offences and continued to sexually assault his victims even when they pleaded with him to stop.

“He committed the final offences when he was on bail, facing a trial for his sexual assaults on children. Knowing full well what he had done to all three victims in this case, he forced them to relive their harrowing experiences by making them give evidence in a trial.

“These offences have had a profound impact on all three victims in this case, and I would like to take this opportunity to praise them for their bravery throughout this process. I hope the significant sentence handed down today will give them some sense of closure.

“We take all forms of sexual violence against women and girls extremely seriously. If you or somebody you know has been the victim of a sexual offence I would ask that you contact the police, confident that you will be believed, listened to and we will do everything in our power to put the perpetrator before the courts.”

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