Leeds child predator guilty of taking boy from park

Lee Adams.

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A PROLIFIC child sex offender has been found guilty of kidnapping and sexually assaulting an 11-year-old boy in his Leeds flat.

Lee Adams, 46, snatched the youngster from a play area in Beeston before dragging him back to his home and carrying out the attack.

Adams, who has more than 100 previous convictions, including four for sex attacks on boys, was found guilty of kidnapping, false imprisonment and sexual assault.

The jury was unable to reach a verdict on a charge of administering a substance with intent and was discharged after seven hours of deliberations.

Judge Gillian Matthews adjourned the case to allow for psychiatric reports on Adams. He is likely to be sentenced in eight weeks.

The six-day trial at Leeds Crown Court heard how Adams threatened to kill the youngster before locking him in his flat on Moor Crescent Chase, on October 14 last year.

The youngster fell asleep and was found in Adams’s bed when police forced their way into the property the same day.

He had a love bite on his neck.

Officers described the boy as being disoriented and confused when they woke him.

Adams’s DNA and saliva was found on the boy’s clothing.The victim was snatched as he played near St Peter’s Church, Beeston, around 4.15pm.

The jury was told of Adams’s four convictions for sex attacks on young boys dating back 24 years.

At the time of last autumn’s attack he was on the sex offenders’ register and subject to monthly visits from the police. Adams, who changed his name from Christopher Green 16 years ago, was convicted before the same court in 1987 for indecently assaulting a 13-year-old boy.

He also has convictions for sex attacks on other male victims in 1988, 1991 and 2001.

tony.gardner@ypn.co uk

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