Torrington man jailed for sexual offences

A Torrington man has been sentenced to sixteen and a half years in prison after being found guilty of historic child abuse at Exeter Crown Court. Gordon Richard East, aged 62, was living at Pathfields, Torrington, at the time of sentence. Police investi

A Torrington man has been sentenced to sixteen and a half years in prison after being found guilty of historic child abuse at Exeter Crown Court.Gordon Richard East, aged 62, was living at Pathfields, Torrington, at the time of sentence.Police investigations began in 2007 after three complainants reported horrific abuse at the hands of East dating back to 1962.He pleaded guilty at court to two offences of indecency with a child, three offences of indecent assault, possessing indecent photographs of children and two offences of making indecent photographs of a child.However, East continued to deny more serious offences which resulted in the trial at Exeter Crown Court.The jury came to a unanimous verdict and found East guilty of five counts of rape, three counts of buggery and one count of indecent assault. This resulted in East being sentenced to 16 1/2 years in prison. The court also imposed a Disqualification Order and Sexual Offences Prevention Order.One of his victims said afterwards: "Although nothing can replace my childhood a sentence of this length helps me acknowledge justice has been done. I urge victims of childhood sexual abuse to report the incidents no matter how long ago it happened as this is all part of the healing process."Detective Constable Alison Mead said: " This was a sensitive and delicate inquiry which took many months of hard work. I would like to acknowledge the bravery and composure of the three victims. Without their courage this man would still be walking free.


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