Skip to comments.Police smash Cornwall paedophile ring as six men jailed for abuse
Posted on 12/08/2010 12:04:05 AM PST by BlackVeil
Six men have been jailed for sexually abusing girls in Cornwall, including at least one as young as five, it can be revealed today.
One of the paedophiles, John Barrett, groomed two of the girls when they were just five and seven by offering them cigarettes, and passed them on to other men to be assaulted.
Police arrested Barrett in December 2007. A complex investigation, called Operation Lakeland, was launched to identify other men. As many as 30 possible victims were spoken to by officers.
Details of the investigation can be reported after restrictions were lifted following the conviction at Truro crown court of a sixth man, kitchen fitter James Machin, 54.
Machin, a father-of-two from Falmouth in Cornwall, was found guilty of a string of sexual offences against two girls over a three-year period.
Barrett, 49, and a third man, John Wrey, 55, were convicted of sexual offences in 2008. Barrett, a builder from Camborne in Cornwall, was jailed for 14 years, and Wrey, from nearby Hayle, was given a five-and-a-half-year sentence....
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