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Carlisle child rapist William Hope told prison 'inevitable'

Carlisle Crown Court
Image caption The offences date from the early 1990s until March last year

A man who admitted a string of child sex abuse offences over more than 20 years has been told to expect a jail sentence.

William Hope pleaded guilty to 14 charges including six counts of rape and four sexual assaults when he appeared at Carlisle Crown Court.

Three victims were targeted in the abuse, the court heard.

Hope, 56, of no fixed address, was remanded in custody and will be sentenced on 9 June.

He has also admitted four counts of indecent assault on a child.

Hope's offences were committed during a period between the early 1990s and March this year, the hearing was told.

Judge Peter Davis told him a prison sentence was "inevitable".

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