Twisted Antony Potts and three members of his family carried out a string of child abuse offenses over the course of three decades.
The 49-year-old was described as a “deeply depraved man” as he was jailed for life at Birmingham Crown Court.
He was convicted of 13 counts of rape, three counts of sexual assault and nine counts of inciting a child to perform a sexual act and cruelty.
Antony was joined in the docket by his dad Keith Potts, who was caged for eight years alongside his wife Julie, both for child cruelty.
Antony’s wife Elaine and family friend Joanne Hoye were also both jailed for four years after pleading guilty to neglect.
Family friend, Joanna Hoye, [photo] was jailed 4 years
Brother Joshua Potts admitted to multiple counts of rape and sexual assault against children. He will be sentenced in August
Another sibling Nathan, 26, was jailed for 16 years for two counts of rape of a child, four counts of sexual assault, inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and sex with another adult.
Jailing Antony Potts, Judge Carr told him: “You are a deeply depraved man who has taken many, many opportunities to abuse children and corrupt them.”
“These are horrendous offenses.”
“In 50 years practice and presiding over cases like this, I cannot think of a worse one.”
The court heard how the sickening abuse first came to light in 1989 when a girl came forward and told cops what Antony had done to her.
But the case was never brought to trial and in May 2015, three more children – all aged under 14 – said they had been abused by Antony and others.
Police were once again called but it was decided there was insufficient evidence to bring charges. However, the case was reopened in January 2016 when a fifth victim came forward.
It’ s 8 years prison time for Antony’s dad Keith Potts [left]. His wife Julia Potts [right] will also spend 8 years in jail
Brother Nathan Potts [left] was jailed 16 years. Joshua Potts [right] will be sentenced in August
The full extent of the abuse began to unravel and a further three victims were identified – meaning the vile family could be brought to trial.
A number of victim impact statements were read out in court by prosecutor Simon Spence who said each “speaks of the dramatic impact on their lives”.
Jurors were read emotional victim impact statements giving harrowing details of how the victims were “groomed and brainwashed” by their abusers.
One came from the victim who originally came forward 30 years ago but the case was never taken forward at that point.
In it she says the abuse of Antony Potts and others had a “major impact” on her life and she was “groomed and brainwashed” by her abusers.She also stated she was “let down as a child” by the police, CPS and social services when she originally reported the abuse she had suffered.
She said none of them believed her at that time and as she was labelled as a “liar” she ran away from home.
She says she has suffered from “constant and daily panic attacks”, has post-traumatic stress disorder and has “reduced self-worth”.
In her impact statement the victim also stated she was “relieved and happy” that Antony Potts had been found guilty for his offences against her and she has “finally believed”.
She also said she was happy to know that “no other children will suffer as I did” and added: “I don’t think I will ever get over what happened to me as a child.”
Another victim said in their impact statement that they hope that Antony “goes straight to prison forever” and is taught to “be a proper person”.
Another stated: “I want Antony to go to prison all his life so he can’t hurt anyone else.”