Sex offending lorry driver jailed for eight years

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A LONG-DISTANCE lorry driver who sexually abused children in the 1980s has been jailed for eight years.

One of George Smith’s victims was unaware she could complain about the abuse she suffered as a child until she read of the Jimmy Savile inquiry, Durham Crown Court heard.

Smith, 59, was living in Lumley, near Chester-le-Street, when the offences happened, said prosecutor Chris Baker. “The offences took place over a period of a year or so,” added Mr Baker.

“The defendant forced the victims to carry out sex acts on himself a number of times. He also sexually abused them.

“One of the victims complained a few years later, but she was not believed.”

Smith, now of Sherburne Road, Yeovil, Somerset, admitted five charges of indecent assault and three of indecency with a child.

The Recorder, Graham Hyland QC, jailed Smith for eight years.

“I accept you have led a blameless life since committing these offences and are unlikely to offend in this way again,” the recorder told Smith. “But it has to be a substantial custodial sentence.”