A twisted family who exposed children to a 30-year stretch of sexual abuse have been jailed.
Nathan Potts, the final member of the sick family to be jailed, has been sentenced to 20 years behind bars.
The 26-year-old, of Coventry, was found guilty earlier this year of two counts of rape of a child, four counts of sexual assault, inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and sex with another adult, after an eight-week trial at Birmingham Crown Court.
An impact statement read in court said: “I was really pleased when [Nathan and Joshua] were found guilty. ‘My life has been a nightmare.’
The prolonged sex abuse left victims suffering ‘angry outbursts’ and were concerned to the point of sleeplessness ‘at the prospect of giving evidence’.
Another of the family’s victim bravely said: “I woke up in the night thinking about certain incidents. I was so stressed and scared I felt physically sick. ‘I hate them. They should be in prison for as long as possible.
“I feel so angry they abused me. They are dangerous people as they hurt children.”
Adam Western, defence for Potts, told the court: “A striking feature of the evidence was the usual standards of behaviour within the Potts family.
“It was within that, that he was brought up.
“Sexual activity involving children seems to have been accepted by senior members of the Potts family.”
Mr Western claimed that ‘environment’ of the family home had ‘warped this young man’s mind’ and suggested the environment in which he was raised, there was no reasonable prospect of him learning right from wrong”.
Speaking after the victim impact statements, Judge Peter Carr said: “He speaks of the hate he has for you. He talks about being scared of you and you being dangerous for hurting children.”
Potts will serve at least two-thirds of 20-year sentence before he is considered for release.
Should he be released before the end of the 20-year term he will serve the rest on licence, then a further eight years due to the extended sentence.
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Potts’ brother Joshua was jailed for 16 years with an extended licence to run for eight years after pleading guilty to multiple counts of rape and sexual assault against children.
While the pair’s half-brother, Antony Potts, was given a life sentence, with a minimum of 16 years behind bars. He was convicted of 13 counts of rape, three counts of sexual assault and nine counts of inciting a child to perform a sexual act and cruelty. All of his victims were children.
The Potts parents – Keith Potts, 67, and wife Julie Potts, 60, of Burnaby Road were jailed for eight and seven years respectively after being convicted of two counts of child cruelty.
Antony’s wife Elaine Potts, 50, and Potts family friend Joanne Hoye, 42, were both sentenced to four years.