A rapist jailed for six years for sexually exploiting two 15-year-old girls has had his prison sentence doubled.
Lee Pearson, aged 28, was locked up initially in June after being found guilty of rape, sexual activity with a child and sexual assault.
Now he has had his sentence increased to 12 years at the Court of Appeal in London, after Attorney General Jeremy Wright QC referred the sentence for reconsideration.
He had deemed the sentence first imposed at Sheffield Crown Court was ‘unduly lenient’.
The country’s top judges agreed, and added another six years on top.
The court heard during Pearson’s trial that he forced the girls into sexual relationships despite knowing they were both underage.
Pearson, of Wright Street, North Anston, who has six previous convictions, mostly for driving offences, befriended the girls when they were both 14 and the abuse began several months later in 2011.
He repeatedly assaulted the two girls and threatened one with violence.
The abuse continued for almost a year before one of the victims plucked up the courage to contact police.
Speaking after the hearing, Mr Wright QC said: “These were appalling crimes carried out over an 11-month period against two children.
“While Lee Pearson was engaged in unlawful sexual activity with one child, he sexually assaulted another.
“Having befriended his teenage victims, Pearson went on to subject them to a sustained campaign of intimidation and violence.
“He threatened them, using physical force if they did not do as he said, and used controlling behaviour to isolate them from their friends.
“I am pleased that the Court of Appeal has increased the sentence from six years imprisonment to 12 years, and I hope this offers some measure of reassurance to the public and a degree of comfort to the victims.”