A Canterbury man who swore a vow of celibacy and previously lived in a religious temple for 10 years has been jailed for a series of sexual assaults.
Sean Keen, who was found guilty by a jury of three sexual attacks and four counts of child cruelty, was sentenced to 18 years imprisonment at Canterbury Crown Court on Wednesday 1 October.
A jury heard on one occasion the 50 year old forced his victim to the floor and raped her, while commenting the only way he ‘could be saved was through the vagina’.
The series of attacks, which were some time ago, were often when Keen was under the influence of alcohol and he admitted during police interview that he often ‘blacked out’.
The court also heard Keen, who was a member of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness which forbids drinking alcohol or having sex, exposed his genitals to a child and carried out sex acts involving a dog.
Investigating officer, Detective Constable Michael Seddon of Kent Police, said: ‘Just what the victims in this case went through over a period of time is unthinkable and the fact Keen refused to admit his guilt at the earliest opportunity meant they had to go through it all again in a trial.
‘On behalf of Kent Police, I would like to praise those victims for showing and displaying a great deal of courage in reporting truly terrible and frightening experiences of their lives.
‘I am pleased the overwhelming wealth of evidence we were able to providence was enough to convince a jury that Keen was guilty of these heinous crimes.
‘I hope this gives confidence to any victim of this type of crime that we take it incredibly seriously, offer support and use all powers available to us to ensure those responsible receive justice for their abhorrent actions.’