From Devon & Cornwall Police:
A mechanic from Exeter was given a 23-year sentence today, Friday 6 January, of which to serve a minimum of 14 years in prison following a campaign of sexual abuse on boys.
David Hargreaves, aged 61, denied the charges but was found guilty of multiple sex offences following a trial at Exeter Crown Court which concluded on Tuesday 1 November.
The court heard how Hargreaves had befriended and groomed three boys in the 1990s. The abuse of which began when the boys were between 12 and 15 years old.
Hargreaves would often buy the boys’ gifts and give them money while all the while indecently assaulting them repeatedly.
DC Mike Doidge said: “This case shows that time is no barrier and that we will do everything we can to seek justice for the victims. We have worked tirelessly to ensure that this dangerous man is off the streets and behind bars.
“This man manipulated and groomed these vulnerable young boys.
“While the sentence given can never make up for the suffering and pain Hargreaves has caused, I am hopeful it can provide some measure of solace to the victims and help bring an element of closure.
“Devon and Cornwall Police will investigate all offences of this nature, regardless of when they occurred, in the pursuit of justice and the protection of our communities.”