A man has been jailed for nine years for the sexual abuse of two girls.
Carl Mace, 37, was just a child himself when he first indecently assaulted the girls at addresses in the Leicester area.
Mace, of Latimer Close, Blaby, was sentenced at Nottingham Crown Court on Friday after a 10-day trial in June, when he denied two counts of raping both girls when they were aged between 10 and 12.
He further denied seven charges of indecency which began when the girls were aged six or seven, but a jury found him guilty.
David Povall, for the prosecution, told the court: “These crimes have had a devastating and long-lasting effect on the two victims.”
Mace’s barrister, Philip Gibbs, argued his client had been an “immature child” and, despite some “minor blemishes” on his record, was hopeful he could readjust and live a useful life as an adult.
He said: “Whatever Carl Mace was as a young person, the court is able to show he is not a risk any more.”
Recorder Michael Elsom said it was not possible to assess what the sentence would have been had Mace been charged in 1994 when the abuse stopped.
He said he taken many factors into consideration, including the defendant’s age, his good character in recent years, the fact there was more than one victim and that the offending went on from January 1987 to December 1994.
He told Mace: “You were no more than 10 years of age when it began.
“This was not a case of young people enjoying sexual experimentation. These were genuine offences committed with young girls against their will.
“You took a dominant role aided by the fact you were older than they were. These are offences for which you have shown no remorse.
“The offences of rape were committed against girls aged under 13. That in itself is an aggravating factor.
“You must have known this was wrong.”
The Recorder said he was giving “a degree of leniency which perhaps others might not have done” in imposing sentence.
For the two rapes, Mace was jailed for nine years on both counts, while the indecent assaults were punished variously with two to fours years’ imprisonment. The sentences will run concurrently, meaning Mace will serve nine years in prison in total.
Mr Elsom told Mace: “You have proved yourself to be a much better adult. I cannot give you any credit for a guilty plea because there was none, and nor do you accept what you have done.”