Child abuser faces long jail term

SEX offender Robert Powell is today facing a lengthy jail term after being convicted of child abuse offences dating back more than 30 years.The 58-year-old was found guilty of rape, indecency with a child, indecent assault and two further offences.

IPSWICH: Sex offender Robert Powell is today facing a lengthy jail term after being convicted of child abuse offences dating back more than 30 years.

The 58-year-old was found guilty of rape, indecency with a child, indecent assault and two further offences.

He was found not guilty on 17 other charges including indecent assault, indecency with a child. The jury took more than four and half hours to reach its verdict on the offences against three girls.

Some of the offences occurred in Ipswich and others in Paignton, Devon.

Powell's crimes go back to the 1970s and 1980s.

Powell, of Cleveland Road, Torquay, was immediately ordered to sign on the Sex Offenders Register following his conviction at Exeter Crown Court.

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He was remanded in custody until sentencing.

Recorder David Bartlett said: "He has been convicted of very serious offences and in these circumstances, I don't think it would be right to sentence without a report."

The court had previously heard how Powell had 'corrupted the childhood' of his victims.

One victim told the court that she was raped by the defendant on the eve of her birthday.

Powell maintained his innocence throughout the proceedings.

However, prosecutor Ian Fenney told the jury the victim could recall her abuser smelling strongly of aftershave, perhaps Brut.

However, Powell insisted he wore Old Spice.

"Strong aftershave brings me out in a rash," he said. "Even today I can't wear it."

Mr Fenny said the day after the attack Powell had bought the girl a birthday present.

He said Powell had paid the girl compliments saying she was 'pretty' and was effectively 'grooming her' for abuse.

But Powell said: "I never met her. It's a complete invention."

Mr Fenny claimed this was “complete nonsense”.

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