'Justice done' as Anthony Bint is jailed for abusing girls
A paedophile has been jailed for 17 years for sexually abusing four young girls.
Anthony Bint (51) abused the first of his victims in 1978 and continued to commit crimes against them until last year, when one of them found the courage to tell her mother.
One of the four victims was targeted when Bint was living in Leicester as a young man.
The other children were abused after he had moved to Derby.
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Bint, who is thought to have lived in Leicester until about 20 years ago, was found guilty of 16 offences, including sexual assault and attempted rape, during a trial at Derby Crown Court.
The seven-day trial ended last Friday when a jury returned guilty verdicts and Bint was jailed for 17 years.
His victims released a joint statement following the sentencing.
It said: "Fifteen months have passed since the first revelations of abuse by this evil monster. It was a massive relief for the victims and their families to finally see justice done.
"It has been, without doubt, the most traumatic time we have ever faced and has deeply affected all concerned.
"We are obviously very concerned about the possible long-term effects on all the victims.
"We can only hope that with the right counselling, the mental scars will heal as time passes.
"We owe a debt of gratitude to everyone involved in prosecuting this harrowing case. Their painstaking efforts in gathering evidence over many months is commendable."
One of the Derbyshire police officers who led the investigation praised the victims – who cannot be identified – for their bravery.
She said: "I want to praise the victims for coming forward. Without their courage in telling their stories, he could possibly still be out there committing similar offences."
Bint, whose most recent address was Lord Street, Allenton, is expected to serve half of the sentence and the rest on licence.
He will also be banned from unsupervised contact with children, or working with children, and will be placed on the sex offenders' register for life.
Judge John Burgess, Recorder of Derby, told the court last week: "I hope the sentence I pass down provides some comfort and allows the victims to move on, as that is the most important thing."