A paedophile who committed hundreds of child sexual offences spanning over a decade has today, 5th September, been jailed.
54-year-old Kevin Saitta, of Laburnum Crescent in Kirby Cross, was arrested on 11th March following information about his abuse being reported.
When officers searched his property they found over 2,000 indecent images, more than 300 videos, and a diary documenting some of the abuse.
At Chelmsford Crown Court, he admitted to 19 counts of child sex offences including sexual assault and oral rape, despite originally denying the offences.
The charges relate to offences stretching back to 2009 and police say some of them represent hundreds of separate incidents.
Saitta was jailed for 21 years, put on the registered sex offenders list for life, and will spend a further eight years on license following his release from prison.
He will be eligible for parole in 14 years, providing he is not considered to be a danger.
Investigating officer DC Andrew Humphreys said: "I want to praise the courage of the people affected by Kevin Saitta’s offending. It took exceptional bravery for this abuse to be reported and I am glad we have been able to bring him to justice.
"Saitta is a dangerous paedophile who carried out years of abuse.
"This sentence sends a message about the seriousness of these offences. I hope it provides some solace and help those affected to move forward.
"I want people who’ve been abused to know they will be supported by specially trained officers and staff and can be confident their cases will be investigated by dedicated detectives.
"It doesn’t matter when an offence takes place, everyone deserves justice and we will do all we can to secure that for them.
"We are not ruling out the possibility that there are other people Saitta has abused who have not reported offences to police and I would urge anyone who’s been affected or has any information to come forward."
An NSPCC spokesperson for the East of England said: "Saitta’s campaign of horrific crimes has ended with him behind bars thanks to the tremendous courage of those he abused.
"It’s vital that all victims of abuse know it is never their fault and never too late to come forward in the knowledge they will be listened to and supported."
Survivors of sexual abuse can get access to specialist support within one working day of reporting an offence to Essex Police through the Synergy Essex First Responders programme.
If you want to report an offence, you can do so by calling police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.