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Praise For Child Victims As Abuser Found Guilty

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7:00am 11th September 2013

A Lanner man has been convicted of eighteen child sex charges - spanning fifteen years.

Detectives say fifty year old Joseph Richards targeted children who aged between eleven and sixteen.

They have praised them for their courage in coming forward.

Following the verdict, DC Jon Viant said: “This conviction is the culmination of a sensitive and complex two-year Police investigation into the abuse of three children spanning around 15 years.

“The outcome would not have been possible were it not for the courage of the victims who were vulnerable children aged between 11 and 16 at the time of the offences.

“These terrible crimes have left the victims with mental scars but hopefully this verdict will bring closure and help them move on with their lives.

“I would like to reassure the public that Devon and Cornwall Police take all allegations of abuse seriously and this conviction illustrates how we are determined to bring offenders to justice no matter how long ago a crime may have taken place.”

Fifty year old Richards has been remanded in custody - and still has to be sentenced.

7:00am 11th September 2013

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