A businessman from Chislehurst has been jailed for six years after a string of sexual assaults across south east London.
Kevin Bond, 51, pleaded guilty to 14 sexual assaults between October 2016 and November 2017.
Many attacks were in the morning and evening rush hours and included a girl aged 8.
The former nightclub owner’s first attack was committed on a girl aged 13 in Orpington on 6 October 2016, with the last on 22 November 2017 on a 15-year-old girl.
His youngest victim, aged eight, was attacked in Vulcan Terrace, Lewisham, while on her way to school between 8.20am and 8.50am on November 13 last year.
He also sexually assaulted an 11-year-old girl in Herne Hill and five different 13-year-olds in Lewisham, Orpington, Blackheath and Lee.
His attacks sometimes occurred on the same day, and he attacked a 11-year-old in Lee on September 28th 2017 during the morning rush hour then a 13-year-old in Greenwich in the evening.
Detective Superintendent Andrew Furphy said:
“These offences have been utterly traumatic for the victims, all of whom have been young females going about their daily lives, to and from school and their workplaces – when Bond appeared and attacked them in broad daylight.
“I would like to pay tribute to their bravery in assisting us with this long-running investigation – as well as the public who provided us with information after the appeals were issued. I’d like to thank the Crown Prosecution Service for their commitment to building a robust and complex prosecution case and I’d like to thank my officers who worked tirelessly and relentlessly to apprehend Bond, a dangerous sexual predator. It is right that today he has been given a significant custodial sentence. The streets of south London are a far safer place now he is locked up.
“We are however aware that there might be further victims who have not yet spoken to police; if you are a victim, or know someone who has been, I can assure you your information will be treated with the strict
confidence and sensitivity. We also have access to specialist support.”
He is suspected of other attacks. Anyone with information can contact the Lewisham police via 101, or on 0208 284 8346. Alternatively, they can contact the independent charity Crime stoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.