Uffculme man guilty of rape and assault on young girls

A Devon man has been found guilty of raping and sexually assaulting two young girls.

A jury at Exeter Crown Court was told David Brown, 62, raped one of his victims hundreds of time over a six year period.

Brown, of Highland Terrace, Uffculme, had denied 19 counts of rape and four of sexual assault on three girls.

He was remanded in custody for pre-sentence reports by the judge, Recorder David Bartlett.

The court heard Brown forced one of his victims to drink gin so she would pass out before he raped her.

'Sexual plaything'

"This is a case of a man with a very strong interest in having sexual relations with underage girls," Prosecutor Simon Laws, QC, said.

He claimed Brown carried out the sex attacks over a number of years when the victims were children as young as nine.

Mr Laws said Brown's past "caught up with him" after his victims grew up and had the courage to speak out.

One of the girls was "the most extreme victim of his behaviour" and was raped hundreds of times by Brown.

"He treated her as a sexual plaything," the prosecutor said.

Caretaker and odd-job man Brown used "brute force" on the girl and "stupefied her with gin" so that she passed out before he forced himself on her.

The court was told Brown also took his victims down to a river where he carried out sex assaults and told his victims "it would be their little secret".

He was convicted on 15 counts of rape against two girls and two indecent assaults on two girls. He was cleared of four other counts of rapes and two indecent assaults.

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