Pensioner jailed over non-recent sexual abuse


David Rogers (83) appeared before Plymouth Crown Court yesterday (6 July) for sentencing following abuse against three children.

The abuse came to light only late last year when the victims raised the alarm over a suspected incident of child abuse, where they feared Rogers may be the culprit.

David Rogers was subsequently found guilty of child abuse dating back almost 50 years.

Jailing him for 16 years, Judge Ian Lawrie said: "Your actions, individually and cumulatively in respect of all three victims, were a carefully contrived and manipulative exercise in exploiting the extreme youth of these children, which was inevitably accompanied by a vulnerability arising from their profound ignorance of life."

Rogers was also given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order and will have to sign the Sex Offenders Register.

CPS South West, Senior Crown Prosecutor, Michael French said: "Fifty years ago, David Rogers committed despicable offences against children who, over time, grew to become courageous and truthful adults who brought him into the light and ensured that he was exposed for his crimes. By growing and making lives for themselves despite these offences, Rogers' victims have overcome his evil."