Gainsborough: Sex offender is jailed for seven and a half years after he abused four children over a 25 year period

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A Gainsborough man who sexually abused four children has been jailed for seven and a half years.

Warren Smart, 43, admitted eight offences against the youngsters who were aged between seven-years-old and 13-years-old when he appeared at Lincoln Crown Court.

Smart, of Florence Street, Gainsborough, was also made the subject of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order which will restrict his movements and activities once he is released from prison.

Lincoln Crown Court heard how Smart carried out the offences over a 25 year period between 1985 and 2011.

Passing sentence, Judge Michael Heath told Smart: “This is a case which revealed a series of pernicious sexual offences.”

During the hearing, one of Smart’s victims read out his own victim impact statement in which he described how his life had been destroyed.

Another victim, in her impact statement, revealed how she had attempted suicide.

Judge Heath added: “It is plain from the victim impact statements I have read and the one that was read out in court that what you did has had a devastating and lasting effect.”

Smart, who previously lived in Lincoln, pleaded guilty to eight sexual offences including indecent assault on a male, indecency with a child, indecent assault on a female and engaging in sexual activity with a child.

His victims, who can not be named, included three girls and one boy.

The offences came to light when one of the girl’s made disclosures at school, the court was told.

Smart, who was cautioned for two sexual offences in 1993, carried out the first abuse when he was just 15-years-old himself.

On that occasion Smart made a young girl touch him after pulling down his own trousers, the court heard.

Smart went on to offend against one boy, who described how he was slapped across the face, and two other girls.

In mitigation the court was told Smart “punished himself in his head” for what he had done and was sorry for his actions.