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Exeter pensioner admits historic sexual abuse

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: May 14, 2014

Exeter Crown Court

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A pensioner has been warned he faces jail after admitting historic sexual abuse.

Robert Newsham, aged 77, pleaded guilty to ten charges of sexual assault including offences of rape when he appeared at Exeter Crown Court.

Newsham, from Exeter, was released on bail but told he will face a lengthy sentence when he returns to court next month.

Judge Mr Justice Burnett adjourned the case and ordered a pre sentence report but told the defendant:”In granting you bail I have to make it clear this is not an indication of the sentence.

“As you appreciate, in the light of your pleas, a lengthy period of imprisonment is inevitable.”

The Judge ordered a probation pre sentence report and gave the prosecution two weeks to confirm they will not pursue other allegations to which Newsham has pleaded not guilty.

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