Wiltshire

Two Swindon men jailed for child sex offences

  • 2 September 2014
  • From the section Wiltshire
Filbert Antao and Royston Gonsalves, of Swindon
Image caption Filbert Antao and Royston Gonsalves were jailed at Swindon Crown Court

Two men from Swindon have been jailed for seven years each for sexual offences against three girls.

Royston Gonsalves, 26, of Ponting Street and Filbert Antao, 22, of Axbridge Close were sentenced at Swindon Crown Court.

They both pleaded guilty to four counts of engaging in sexual activity with a child at an earlier hearing.

Wiltshire Police said the girls, aged 13 and 14 at the time, had been abused in a "prolonged cycle of manipulation".

Supt Andrew Carr, speaking after sentencing, said the men had "preyed on these vulnerable children" and "exploited them for their own sexual gratification".

"Both [men] sexually abused the children on several occasions," he said.

"I would like to pay tribute to these young victims who have shown courage and bravery by coming forward and reporting the horrific abuse they were being subjected to."

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