Paedophile from Lanner jailed for rape and abuse of children over 15 years
A paedophile from Lanner, near Camborne, who raped and sexually assaulted three children over a 15 year period, has been jailed for 18 years.
Sentencing Joseph Richards, 51, at Exeter Crown Court, Judge Barry Cotter QC said he posed a substantial risk of sexually offending young children for many years to come.
The court heard Richards, of Strawberry Fields, Lanner, raped one 12 year old girl and subjected another girl and a boy to what the judge called ‘sustained and appalling abuse’.
Richards was convicted of 18 counts of rape, indecent assault and indecency after a trial at Truro Crown Court last month and was jailed for 18 years with a six year extended sentence when he appeared at Exeter Crown Court yesterday.
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He was investigated by police after the victims, all aged between 10 and 16, came forward and reported the abuse.
The victims, who are now adults and cannot be named for legal reasons, gave video evidence during his trial in Truro and were cross-examined by Jeremy Leaning, for the defence.
During his sentence the court heard that Richards was still in denial over his sex crimes.
Judge Cotter said that some of the offending was 12 years apart and the victims had ‘no real connection’.
He said Richards had caused lifelong damage by his sexual gratification and called his evidence a ‘hopeless and dishonest defence’.
The allegations were made in 2006 and 2009 but it was not until the third victim came forward in 2011 that there was enough evidence to charge Richards.
Speaking after his conviction in Truro, Detective Constable Viant, from Camborne CID, said it followed a complex two year investigation into the abuse which spanned 15 years.
He said: “The outcome would not have been possible were it not for the courage of the victims who were vulnerable.
“These terrible crimes have left the victims with mental scars but hopefully this verdict will bring closure and help them move on with their lives.”