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Child rapist Terrence Tucker tried to blame his son

Terrence Tucker
Image caption Terrence Tucker's victim terminated the pregnancy, the court heard

A child rapist who tried to blame his son for his sexual attacks after his victim fell pregnant has been jailed for 15 years.

Police obtained DNA samples which showed Terrence Tucker, 48, was the father, but he blamed his son for the offence, Exeter Crown Court heard.

Tucker, of Golitha Rise, Liskeard, denied four counts of rape and three of sexual activity with a child but was found guilty in September.

His victim terminated the pregnancy.

Judge Simon Carr said: "You were convicted of the systematic abuse of a girl who you groomed and abused from the age of 12 or 13.

Victim 'devastated'

"You started with sexual assaults to see how she would react and if you could get away with it and when she did not complain you progressed to rape, culminating in a pregnancy when she was 16.

"She suffered the further emotional trauma of a termination.

"I saw her give evidence and it is perfectly clear she has been devastated and will be for the rest of her life."

He said Tucker had shown "no remorse at all" during the trial.

The court heard his son, who he attempted to blame for the offence, suffers from severe learning difficulties.

The jury heard the victim revealed the abuse when she fell pregnant.

Robert Linford, defending, said Tucker had very low intelligence and was unable to read or write.

He said: "He has his own learning disabilities and is of previous good character.

"His inability to read and write means his sentence will be one which is unusually difficult to bear."

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