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'Monstrous' Exeter child abuser jailed for 20 years

Edward Owens
Image caption Edward Owens remained undetected for more than 20 years because police did not act on he boys' complaints

A child abuser jailed for 20 years for raping two boys, will probably die in prison, a court has been told.

Edward Owens, 69, was told by Judge Graham Cottle at Exeter Crown Court that he had left the pair, now men, with "dreadful memories".

Owens, of Charnley Avenue, Exeter, was found guilty of eleven serious sexual assaults at Exeter Crown Court.

He claimed the boys had initiated the sexual activity. Judge Cottle said that was a "monstrous suggestion".

Owens was prosecuted after he went onto molest a 12-year-old boy who was lured to his home to play computer games last year.

The boy escaped the assault, locked himself in a bathroom and texted his mother to raise the alarm.

Owens' history of abuse then became clear after police discovered serious complaints had been made about him in the 1980s and 1990s but not acted on.

'Degrading and embarrassing'

Owens was convicted of sexual assaults on two boys, one aged 16 in 2010 and one aged 12 in 2013 and he admitted five indecent assaults on one of the earlier victims.

Kelly Scrivener, defending, said the length of his sentence meant he would probably die in jail.

Judge Cottle said: "The jury heard from two men who talked about the abuse they suffered many years ago as children.

"For both of them it was humiliating, degrading and embarrassing to have to relive and recount their experiences.

"They have been left with dreadful memories which have had impacts on them.

"Your case was that they initiated the sexual activity. That is a monstrous suggestion without a shred of truth."

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