A Man who raped an underage girl has been jailed for eight years. Passing sentence on James Riggs at Plymouth Crown Court, Judge Francis Gilbert QC branded him arrogant and said he had used the girl sexually on many occasions for his own sexual gratification. The jury of seven men and five women unanimously found Riggs, aged 25 and of Plough Green, Saltash, guilty of one count of rape and five counts of sexual activity with a child.
Riggs, wearing a dark suit and blue striped tie, stood impassively but shook his head as the verdicts were delivered. The jury was told that he had two previous convictions for drink driving and one for possession of cocaine. During the week-long trial, they heard how Riggs had called the girl into his bedroom when she came to his home to return a lost wallet. He then had unprotected sex with her, although she did not want to. Over a period of months, Riggs and the schoolgirl had a sexual affair, and at one point he took her on a bus on an outing to Torpoint, which he denied.
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