Convicted sex offender jailed for raping three teenage girls - Harpenden


A convicted sex offender was today, Friday, 14 July 2017, branded a "serial sex offender" when he was jailed for raping three teenage girls.

Oscar Abernethy-Cortez, aged 24, twice raped a 14-year-old when he was 16. Then, eight years later, in 2016, he raped a 17-year-old and took an 18-year-old back to his bedroom in Harpenden, Herts where he also raped her.

When he committed the offences on the two older girls last year he was already on licence and a registered sex offender following his conviction in 2013 for having sex with another 14-year-old girl in a car and assault by penetration of a 15-year-old girl.

Today, at Luton Crown Court Abernethy-Cortez appeared in custody to be sentenced, having been convicted by a jury in May of four offences of rape involving the three teenagers.

Judge Richard Foster told Abernethy-Cortez: "It seems to me you have been a serial sex offender since you were about 16." The judge went on: "I have no doubt you are a dangerous sexual predator." He said that because of the risk he posed to members of the public with further offending, a public protection sentence was called for. Judge Foster sentenced Abernethy-Cortez to an extended sentence of 15-years telling him that the custodial element was a 10-year jail term with an additional licence period of five years.

The first two offences of rape had taken place when he was 16 and involved a schoolgirl who was aged about 14 at the time. The third rape charge was in November last year and the fourth went back to August or September last year.

A month earlier, Abernethy-Cortez had been released from prison for sex offences and was subject to a sexual offences prevention order and living in Harpenden.

At his trial in May, Prosecutor Abigail Husbands said: "The defendant targeted young naive women." Abernethy-Cortez of Bramble Close, Harpenden denied four charges of rape, but was found guilty by the jury.

Before being led from the court to begin his sentence, Abernethy-Cortez was told he would have to serve two thirds of the 10-year jail term before he could be even considered for release by the parole board.

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