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Ex-Police Sergeant Jailed For Child Rape
A retired police sergeant who was extradited from Australia and convicted of child sex abuse committed in the UK has been jailed for 18 years.
Jeffrey Lake, 78, was arrested at his home in Queensland, Australia, and sent to Britain before he could stand trial for historical offences.
Most of the abuse was committed when he was a serving police officer in Accrington, Lancashire, and Liverpool in the 1960s and early 1970s.
The defendant emigrated in 2002 and had been living in Australia for seven years when one of his two victims went to a police station in Lancashire and said Lake had sexually and physically abused her as a child.
The woman was interviewed at length and when the investigation widened a man came forward and said he too had been abused by the defendant, Preston Crown Court was told.
He was arrested in Peregian Springs earlier this year and brought to the UK where he denied the allegations against him, said to have taken place.
Last week a jury unanimously found him guilty of 20 charges of historic abuse including rape, buggery, indecency with a child, indecent assault and child cruelty.
Sentencing him, Mr Justice King said each offence was a "serious example" of sexual and physical abuse which was committed in a sustained way.
Each of the two complainants had been deprived of achieving their full potential in adulthood as a consequence, he added.
The judge continued: "Each has suffered from deep depression over the years.
"Each has felt suicidal and attempted suicide.
"I have no doubt that the major cause of all their lifelong problems is the abuse each suffered at your hands."
He observed that Lake had shown "no contrition" and "no remorse" for the "deep and long-lasting" effects he had caused.
After the sentencing, Detective Inspector Bobbi Holbrook said: "These were despicable offences committed against two young children, made all the more sinister by Lake's insistence of innocence and his attempts to persuade the jury his victims had invented the abuse.
"This considerable custodial sentence reflects the depravity of what he has done."