Devon sex abuse father jailed for 22 years

A father who subjected two children to a decade of sexual abuse has been jailed for 22 years.

The man, 68, who cannot be named for legal reasons, groomed his son and stepdaughter from the ages of seven and four, the court heard. He was convicted of 15 charges, including two rapes.

Exeter Crown Court heard he terrified them with his drunken violent temper so much they stayed silent for 40 years.

The judge said it was one of the worst child abuse cases he had encountered.

The man committed the abuse while living in the Teignbridge area in the 1970s.

Cigarette packet code

During a week-long trial the jury heard how he made the two children sit naked on either side of his armchair while he forced them to touch him.

The court heard he groomed them by asking them to massage his sore back but then made ever increasing sexual demands.

He devised a code in which he left instructions to his stepdaughter in a cigarette packet detailing what sexual services he wanted her to perform.

The man had denied two rapes, another serious sexual offence, and six offences of indecency with the girl dating from the ages of four to 14. He had also denied six offences of indecency with his own son when the boy was aged between seven and 14.

He was found guilty of all counts and jailed for a total of 22 years, 15 years for his abuse of the girl and seven years for the abuse of the boy.

Judge Phillip Wassall said:"You began a serial and serious abuse of these two children.

"This is one of the worst cases of its sort I have ever seen. It was a dreadful catalogue of abuse which has had a significant effect on the victims."

Referring to one occasion on which the man had "interfered" with the children, the judge said: "In you own defence you said you did this on the instructions of a doctor. It was an extraordinary suggestion which I reject completely."

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