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Long jail term for man who filmed himself sexually assaulting vulnerable women

Romeo Cummins
Romeo Cummins

A 46-year-old man has been jailed for 13 years and six months for filming himself carrying out sexual assaults on vulnerable women.

Romeo Cummins, of Fountains Close, Basingstoke, Hampshire, was sentenced at Winchester Crown Court after pleading guilty to 16 counts of rape, one sexual assault and five drugs offences.

He was arrested after he was stopped and searched in Aldershot in February and found to be in possession of crack cocaine and heroin, and sleeping tablets and prescription medicine.

When officers examined his phone, they found more than 100 videos which contained footage of the sexual offences which dated between 2013 and this year.

A Hampshire police spokesman said: "It was clear from the footage that the woman might not have known they had been sexually assaulted."

Police tracked down the women involved who were given specialist support.

Detective Constable Paul Jarrett said: "He preyed upon vulnerable females convincing them he had their best interests at heart.

"Nothing could have been further from the truth, with him abusing their trust to sexually assault and film what he had done to them, whilst they were in an unconscious state.

"Due to the bravery of his victims, they were able to endure the traumatic experience of being told and shown what he had done to them.

"Their courage has stopped him from continuing his serial sexual abuse and prevented him from doing this to others."

After the hearing, one of the victims, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, said: "When I found out I felt completely numb and sick - I went through a whole range of unpleasant feelings in the space of five minutes.

"Since then I have completely withdrawn. I would like to say I have stayed strong but it's been a difficult few months.

"I would say to anyone who believes they have been a victim of a sexual offence to report it. The police are there to help you. I was never made to feel like I was wasting police time."