A pedophile who claimed his 14 year-old stepdaughter asked to join him and his wife in bed has been jailed for 438 years.

Michael Lesher, 54, was handed the huge sentence at a court hearing Tuesday, with prosecutor Scott Anderson saying: ‘We’re going to make sure he never breathes free air again.’

The Decatur Daily reported that Lesher, who also abused his biological daughter, was handed 99 year sentences for two counts of first-degree rape, as well as two counts of first-degree sodomy.

His remaining time behind bars will be comprised of five, 10 and 20 year sentences for incest first-degree sexual abuse and second-degree rape.

Lesher, of Falkville in Tennessee, was convicted of the crimes in March, after trying to claim that the youngster was to blame for the abuse he inflicted after walking in on him and wife Lisa, before asking to participate.

During a 2017 police interview played to jurors, he said: ‘She wasn’t forced. She was a willing participant…I didn’t make anybody do anything.’

Lesher also claimed that on one occasion, the girl had grabbed his privates and performed a sex act on him, and alleged that she tried to blackmail him.

He said: ‘I immediately sent her back to her room…If I didn’t do it, she’d put me in jail.’

The pervert later conceded he’d exploited the child, saying: ‘I was stupid. I did the wrong thing. I’m not trying to make it look like I’m the victim.’

Neither Lesher’s daughter nor stepdaughter, who are now in their 20s, commented on the sentencing.

Lisa Lesher, 40, has been charged with four counts of first-degree sodomy, two counts of first-degree rape, sexual torture/abuse, first-degree sexual abuse and second-degree sodomy.

Her trial date has not yet been set.

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