Devon man jailed for child sex offences

A Devon man has been jailed for a series of sex offences including the attempted rape of a teenage girl.

Roger Hawkins' abuse started in 1972 and went on for nine years, Exeter Crown Court heard.

The 63-year-old, of Totnes High Street, admitted attempted rape, four indecent assaults and one charge of indecency with a child.

He was jailed for a total of four-and-a-half years.

Hawkins, who was arrested in January, was also placed on the Sex Offenders' register for life.

The court heard the offences emerged when the victim felt strong enough to disclose what had happened to her.

The offences had left the now married victim suffering from depression, isolation, low self esteem and an eating disorder.

Judge Barry Cotter QC told Hawkins that his crimes were "morally repugnant" and his victim was "powerless to alter the course of events and suffered shame and distress daily as a child".

Defence barrister Fiona Elder said Hawkins had an "obsessive interest" in the victim, but had led a good and law abiding life since the offences were committed.

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