Cornwall

Edward Opie of Hayle jailed for raping teenager in 1978

Edward Opie
Image caption Edward Opie must sign the sex offenders register for life

A man who raped a teenage girl with learning difficulties, leaving her pregnant, has been jailed.

Edward Opie, 81, of Penpol Vean, Hayle, Cornwall, admitted raping the 17-year-old. The attack happened in 1978.

Truro Crown Court heard the girl had the mental age of an eight-year-old child and had to give up the baby for adoption.

Opie was given a seven-year sentence by Judge John Neligan, who told him: "You have ruined the girl's life."

The judge told the court: "The baby was adopted immediately and she has never seen the child."

Opie denied 11 other charges relating to sex abuse allegedly carried out between 1960 and 1988. His plea was accepted.

The pensioner must serve two-thirds of his sentence before he can be released on licence and has to sign the sex offenders register for life.

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