Devon bellringer jailed for churchyard rape
A bellringer has been jailed for raping a vulnerable woman in a churchyard after a judge branded him as a dangerous sexual menace.
Gordon Norman posed as a Good Samaritan and pretended to comfort the 28-year-old victim when he found her upset and crying in the street.
He took her to a Wimpy bar for a coffee but then walked with her through Barnstaple before taking her into bushes at the Holy Trinity Church under the pretext of sheltering from a sudden rainshower.
She suffered from Asperger Syndrome and a personality disorder which made her particularly vulnerable but she made it clear he was hurting her and she did not want sex
Norman, who also has learning difficulties, raped her twice and she was so upset by the ordeal she went straight to the police station to report the attack.
At the time he was subject of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) because he had a record for approaching under age boys and offering them money to perform sexual acts.
Norman, aged 53, of Taw View, Fremington, denied two counts of rape but was found guilty by a jury at Exeter Crown Court in August.
He also admitted three offences of breaching the SOPO by offering to pay a 14-year-old boy to perform a sexual act in a public toilet.
He was jailed for eight years with a five year extended licence after Judge Graham Cottle designated him as a dangerous offender. He was also made subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order which will restrict his access to children indefinitely.