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5 May 2016, 15:23
A man from Newton Abbot has been sentenced to eight and a half years in prison for child sex offences.
Nigel Robin Smith, admitted eight sexual offences and two offences relating to the supply of cannabis.
The 40 year old, of Queensway, Newton Abbot, was charged with sex offences against two young girls who were aged between 12 and 14 at the time.
Smith’s arrest was part of an ongoing investigation, called Operation Pangram, into child sexual exploitation within the South Devon area.
Detective Inspector Mark Smeaton, Local Investigation Team based in Totnes, said: “We take child sexual exploitation offences very seriously as they are a serious threat to young people.
“We will continue to pursue the perpetrators of these damaging offences and bring them to justice.
“This type offending has serious and lasting consequences on the young victims, and any successful prosecution, with support from our partnership agencies, is only the first step in actively supporting their futures.”
Detective Constable Nadine Freestone, Public Protection Unit based in Ashburton, said: “We would like to thank the female victims for their strength and courage in bringing this matter to the attention of police.
“The verdict has pleased the victims and it will undoubtedly help them in moving on with their lives.”