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Man jailed for sexually assaulting girl under 13

Paul Andrews Image copyright Devon and Cornwall Police
Image caption Paul Andrews has been jailed for sexual assault of a child

A man has been jailed for five years for sexually assaulting a girl under the age of 13.

Paul Andrews, 47, from Greenbank Avenue, Plymouth previously pleaded guilty to three sex abuse charges.

Truro Crown Court heard Andrews had accused his victim of "stitching him up".

Sentencing, Judge Christopher Harvey Clark said Andrews had committed the crimes "to gratify your sexual lust for adolescent girls".

The judge said the offences "reflected frequent sexual abuse over a three-year period".

On 22 September, the day his trial was due to begin, Andrews pleaded guilty to one count of sexual assault of a girl under 13 and two counts of sexual activity with a child.

The court heard Andrews later told a probation officer he had only pleaded guilty on the advice of his barrister.

The victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was "haunted" by the sexual assaults and she still blamed herself.

In mitigation, defence barrister Ramsay Quaife said Andrews accepted full responsibility for his actions.

The judge sentenced Andrews to five years in jail for sexual assault and four years for each count of sexual activity with a child with all sentences to run concurrently.

Andrews was also subject to a Sexual Offences Prevention Order and ordered to sign on the sex offenders register indefinitely.

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