Devon

Exeter sex abuser Christopher Lunn jailed

Christopher Lunn
Image caption Lunn admitted abusing girls in the 1970s, 80s and more recently

A man who bribed girls with money and confectionary in order to abuse them has been jailed.

Christopher Lunn, 67, of Newport Park, Topsham, Exeter, Devon, admitted sexual activity with a child and seven charges of indecency or indecent assault.

The court heard he was caught after the parents of an 11-year-old found their daughter had a price list for different forms of abuse.

At Exeter Crown Court Lunn was jailed for seven years.

The court heard Lunn abused three girls over a period of 40 years but was only caught following the discovery of the handwritten price list.

'Masterclass in denial'

Sean Brunton, prosecuting, said Lunn was arrested after a family who he had befriended called the police.

He said: "The 11-year-old girl had gone upstairs with him on occasions and her parents found a note which said 'touch £5, feel £4' and carried on with other prices."

Mr Brunton said the parents then learned of an earlier incident in which Lunn had been confronted in a pub by a woman he had abused when she was 11. They traced her and put her in touch with police.

The court was told police found Lunn had committed similar offences with girls in the 1970s and 1980s after befriending their families and grooming his victims with sweets, crisps and chocolate.

Mr Brunton said: "He was arrested and interviewed and his account of his actions was a masterclass in denial, self justification and minimisation of what happened."

Judge John Neligan said: "You took advantage of these young girls. They have suffered psychologically from what you did to them as children."

David Evans, defending, said Lunn accepted responsibility for his actions.

"He is never again going to be in a position where he has any access to children and the sex offender register provisions will ensure the authorities keep a watchful eye on him," he added.

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