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Chudleigh rapist jailed

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36 years for child sexual abuse

A Devon rapist has been sentenced to 36 years for sexually abusing three children.

Aaron Bennett, 33, of New Exeter Street in Chudleigh, was sentenced today [Tuesday 21 November], to 28 years in prison with an extension of eight years due to the danger he poses.

Following a trial in October, a jury found Bennett guilty of 11 serious sexual offences which included the rape of a child under 13; attempted rape of a child under 13; and assaulting a child under 13 by penetration.

Exeter Crown Court heard how Bennett used threats and violence and had threatened to harm loved ones if the victims revealed what he had done.

The judge commended the bravery of all three victims and officers hopes this result will urge other victims to come forward.

Bennett was also made subject to an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order and placed on the Sex Offenders Register. 

There are lots of support agencies available across Devon and Cornwall that can help provide support. For more information on rape and serious sexual assault and the support services available, click here.

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