A GROUP of 12 robbers in New York stripped a man of his clothes and cell phone in broad daylight on a downtown Manhattan street…
Charlene Lunnon was just ten when she was snatched by a paedophile on her way to school.
Now 32, she is a mum-of-two, and has bravely spoken about her four-day ordeal during which she and pal Lisa Hoodless were repeatedly raped and kept tied up by serial paedophile Alan Hopkinson, 45.
He approached them as they walked to school on a cold winter's morning, jumping out to "cuddle" them before putting his hands over their mouths and bundling them in to the boot of his car.
He then took them to his Eastbourne flat where he subjected them to days of relentless abuse.
The sicko, who had previously been sentenced to seven years in jail for kidnapping and assaulting an 11-year-old girl, bolted the windows, and removed all the door handles from his home so that the snatched kids couldn't escape.
Speaking to The Sun, she said: "He allowed us to watch TV so we could see our parents begging for us to come home at press conferences."
They were only freed after police came to the flat after complaints about him assaulting other local children.
He admitted to them that the missing girls were locked in a room and was arrested.
Now a mother to two daughters, Lailah, 8, and 3-year-old Elvie, Charlene is haunted by what happened to her, and while she has instilled in them a strong sense of "stranger danger", will tell them the whole truth about what happened to her when they are older.
But a more pressing concern for her is the unregulated minefield of social media, where she is only too aware is a common medium for children to be groomed by predators.
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Looking back at the years after the incident, she reveals she enjoyed a certain type of "fame" at school, but also made a conscious effort not to wear any sort of revealing clothes, drink alcohol or engage in teenage sex.
Her husband, Bill, is a lad she met at school, and they wed last year after an 11 year relationship.
Sadly, despite their shared trauma, Charlene and Lisa are no longer friends, with a series of estrangements and reconcilliations shadowing their relationship since they were freed from evil Hopkinson's clutches.
And Charlene makes it known that she doesn't hate the dangerous predator.
She added: "To many people’s surprise, I don’t hate Hopkinson.
"He’s a sick man and I hope he’ll die in prison, although every two years I feel a flicker of fear when he applies, unsuccessfully, for parole."
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