Nine-year prison sentence for Surrey rapist, 20

A rapist who assaulted a number of underage girls was caught by police with a child victim in his car while a sexual assault was under investigation.

When 20-year-old Jay Connor was caught with an underage girl he had just raped, police officers found he was being investigated on other sexual assault allegations from the previous year.

Officers found him in his car with the then under 16 schoolgirl in a parking lot in Epsom Downs, Surrey, and found that he was “acting suspiciously”.

Then she informed the police that she had been raped by Connor and that he was arrested.

Connor was sentenced to nine years in prison at Guildford Crown Court on Friday and an additional five years on an extended license after his release.

Even after Connor was arrested in October 2019 on suspicion of rape and sexual assault, he met other victims while investigating the allegations, Surrey police said.

For almost all of the victims, Connor lied about his past and health to get them to have sex with him, the police added.

At the time of his arrest, he was already known to Surrey police on other sexual offense allegations, the earliest of which was made in 2018.

A total of seven alleged victims came forward to indict Connor during this three-year period.

During his six-week trial, Connor protested his innocence and claimed that all victims had lied.

However, he has been found guilty of six cases of rape of a woman aged 16 and over, two charges of sexual activity with a child, and sexual assault through penetration.

A victim, who was only 15 at the time, described after his conviction how the attack had affected her self-confidence and future relationships.

She said in court: “I can’t trust boys or men and I can’t imagine how to have a normal relationship because I can’t stand physical contact and I don’t know when it’s okay.” to believe nice things someone can tell me.

“I don’t want a man to ever look at me the way he thinks he can use me without respecting me as a person.

“I’m not sure how to do you [the sentencing judge] fully understand the devastating effect it has had on my life. I survived the ordeal, but the scars that remain are very deep and I need to feel safe again. “

Connor, of Tadworth, Surrey, was also enrolled on the Sex Offender Register for life and received a lifetime order from the judge to prevent sexual harm.

Another girl, who was 14 years old when Connor raped her at Priory Park in Reigate, Surrey, spoke during the hearing to help other victims.

She said, “I didn’t expect something like this to ever happen to me. I’ve never felt so small and lonely not knowing what to think or feel.

“The whole range of emotions I’ve been through have been confusing, disturbing, annoying, and very difficult to deal with. I can now see that Jay had a plan and knew exactly what he was doing.”

Detective Constable Leah Best of the Surrey Police, who led the investigation, said Connor manipulated his victims and subjected them to “traumatic sexual assault”.

DC Best added, “I commend the bravery of the victims in this case for coming forward and seeing that Connor was brought to justice for his heinous crimes.”

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