Jehovah's Witness finally arrested for sexually assaulting young girls after the congregation covered up his crimes for more than 20 years

A Jehovah's Witness who enjoyed choking young girls for sexual gratification has finally been jailed after the attacks were 'swept under the rug' by his church congregation for more than 20 years.

Jehovah's Witness finally arrested for sexually assaulting young girls after the congregation covered up his crimes for more than 20 years

A Jehovah's Witness who enjoyed choking young girls for sexual gratification has finally been jailed after the attacks were 'swept under the rug' by his church congregation for more than 20 years. Daily Mail reported.

Ian Pheasey, 54, moved his hand up the skirt of a six-year-old girl while working at her parents' house.

His second victim was a 14-year-old girl who he grabbed around the neck before throwing her to the floor. There, he straddled her and squeezed her neck.

The court heard she fell into unconsciousness, came round but then passed out again before coming round for a second time and crying out: 'Jehovah help me!'

He calmly told her that he would kill her if she told anyone, adding that if she grew up and had daughters he would rape them.

She ran home screaming and crying and told her mother what happened but was told to clean herself up before she was taken to hospital for the bruising to her neck.

Mr Taplow added: 'Sadly her parents chose to conceal the sexual nature of the incident and told her not to say anything about it.

'They continued to understate the seriousness of the assault, and the matter was swept under the carpet by the church.

Pheasey targeted his third victim, the six-year-old girl, while he was carrying out some work at her parents' home.

He confessed to fantasising about strangling the 14-year-old and said he had lured her over with the intention of strangling her and becoming sexually aroused.

Pheasey was eventually caught when one of his victims spoke out after he was given a job at a hospice.

Pheasey, from Warwick, was jailed for five years last Wednesday after he pleaded guilty to assaulting one girl causing her actual bodily harm and indecently assaulting two others.

Sentencing, Judge Richard Griffith-Jones said: 'You obtain sexual gratification from the idea of strangling children.

'That is a hideous and discomfiting fantasy, and one which has given me some concern when I come to sentence you.'

Pheasey was also ordered to register as a sex offender for life and given a sexual harm prevention order restricting his contact with children.

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