Pensioner jailed for more than 14 years for catalogue of sexual abuse
A pensioner who feigned memory loss to try and escape justice has been jailed for 14 and a half years for abusing girls over four decades.
Christopher Perry went to a psychologist and asked for treatment for the sudden onset of amnesia when he learned his three victims were being interviewed by police.
His horrific catalogue of abuse was exposed when one of his victims was stopped for drink driving and told police she used alcohol to blot out the memories of her stolen childhood.
Investigators then traced the other two victims who had kept their ordeals secret for almost 40 years but were finally able to reveal the truth.
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Perry, 69, of Willey’s Avenue, Exeter, admitted a total of 12 charges of indecent assault, gross indecency, and other sexual offences.
They relate to assaults on three girls aged between four and 16 between 1973 and 2000 and included offences in all four decades.
He was jailed for 14 and a half years at Exeter Crown Court by Judge Francis Gilbert, QC, who told him him: ”This is one of the most serious cases of sexual abuse I have ever come across.
“I don’t know whether or not your remorse is genuine.
If it is, it can only be said it has come very, very late in your life and through all that time your victims have had to live with the knowledge of what you have done to them.
“You ruined the childhood and teenaged years of the victims and this abuse only came to light when one of them was stopped for drink driving and told the police she drank to excess because of the abuse she had suffered.”
The judge ordered Perry to sign on the sex offenders’ register for life and imposed a Sexual Offences Prevention Order which bans contact with children on his release.
Andrew MacFarlane, prosecuting, said:”This defendant has caused untold distress and anguish through his abuse of the three complainants over a period spanning 27 years.”
He said Perry ensured the silence of his victims through threats and persuaded them to keep "their secret" for years. His assaults included violent rapes and on one occasion he tied one girl.
Mr MacFarlane said when the offences started to come to light Perry made an appointment to see a psychologist.
He said: ”He visited him in November last year and complained of a loss of memory. The psychologist’s clinical view was that he had nothing wrong with his memory and was trying to use it as a defence against these allegations.”
Nicolas Gerasimidis, defending, said Perry’s guilty pleas spared the victims from giving evidence at a trial and he now felt genuine remorse.
He said: ”He hopes this will be a point where closure can take place for the victims. He understand the hurt he has caused.”