25-year-old Cumbrian man jailed for life after raping three women he met on POF

A Penrith man who used a dating website to meet three women before raping them has been jailed for life.

Lee Savage, aged 25, of Skiddaw View, was sentenced today (23rd July) at Carlisle Crown Court for the following offences:
·         Five counts of rape.
·         Three counts of sexual assault.
·         Two counts of causing a person to engage in sexual activity without consent.
Savage’s offending occurred between 2014 and 2018. He used his Plenty of Fish profile to meet three women who would subsequently become victims of rape. He pleaded guilty last month during a trial.
He was ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register for life and was told he must serve a minimum of 11 years before he can apply for parole.
Investigating officer Detective Constable Susanne Hayward, North Cumbria CID, said:
“Lee Savage is a highly dangerous individual who has no respect for women.
“He subjected each of his victims to truly horrific ordeals. He would be persuasive and appear, when speaking online, a reasonable young man. This could not be further from the truth.  
“He may have pleaded guilty but he has shown no remorse for what he has done to these women. Even when being sentenced he showed no emotion at all.
“I would like to praise the bravery of the three victims. They have been so strong in disclosing what happened to them and have helped make sure that Savage cannot harm any other woman.
“Many people use dating sites to meet with potential partners and form relationships. The majority of people on these sites are genuine, sincere people looking to meet the same. Unfortunately there are those, such as Savage, that use them to commit crime. If you are speaking with someone online and are considering meeting up with them please take precautionary steps to ensure your safety. Make sure the person you are talking to is the person they say they are before meeting. When meeting for the first time, choose a public place and let a family member or friend know who you are meeting as well as when and where. If at any point you feel uncomfortable make your excuses and leave.
“If there is anyone who is a victim of any sexual offence I would urge them to contact us. We, along with trusted partner agencies, can support you and make sure that offenders are brought to justice.”
Detective Chief Inspector Helen Harkins from North Cumbria Crime and Safeguarding Team said:
“I am extremely pleased with the sentence issued today it really sends out a message to anyone who thinks they can commit these horrific crimes and get away with it.
“My thoughts go out to our very brace victims who have shown great strength over the last few months.”
If you wish to report a crime or speak to an officer about an incident, please contact Cumbria Police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
If you have been affected by rape or sexual assault, contact The Bridgeway Sexual Assault Support Service’s 24/7 free helpline on 0808 118 6432.

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