A man from Harpenden who raped three teenage girls, including one who was under the age of 16, has been jailed for ten years.
Oscar Abernethy-Cortez, 24, of Bramble Close, was given the sentence at Luton Crown Court on Friday (July 14) after being found guilty of four charges of rape in May.
Two of the counts of rape were against a girl under the age of 16 and these occurred between 2008 and 2009.
Abernethy-Cortez was also found to have raped two more girls, aged 17 and 18, between August and November 2016.
The rapes happened shortly after he had been released from prison for previous sexual offences he had committed.
Detective Constable John Wilden said: “Abernethy-Cortez is a predatory sex offender who targeted vulnerable teenagers before raping them.
“He was released from prison in August but by November (2016) we had received intelligence that he was committing further sexual offences.
“We moved swiftly to investigate Abernethy-Cortez’s activities, bring charges against him and recall him to prison so he could not commit further offences.
“I would like to pay tribute to Abernethy-Cortez’s victims.
“Without their courage and bravery, he would not now be behind bars and I am certain would be targeting other young and vulnerable girls for sex.”
Abernethy-Cortez was given a 15 year sentence on Friday, and will serve a minimum of ten years in prison and five years on licence.
An NSPCC spokesman for the East of England said: “Abernethy-Cortez is a dangerous sexual predator and it is right that he has been returned to prison for his sickening crimes and to protect others.
“The victims in this case must be commended for their courage in speaking out and we hope they are getting the appropriate support to help rebuild their lives.
“Simply locking Abernethy-Cortez up won’t be enough – he must have effective treatment in prison to lessen the risk he poses to children when he is released.”
Anyone in Hertfordshire who has experienced sexual abuse or sexual violence can contact Herts SARC for practical and emotional support.
The centre can arrange face-to-face support, sexual health referrals, and provide forensic medical examinations for those who want them.
To contact Herts SARC, call the 24/7 helpline on 0808 178 4448, email Herts.SARC@nhs.net or visit the Herts SARC website.
Also the NSPCC helpline is always available for anyone with concerns about abuse on 0808 800 5000 while children can contact Childline, 24 hours-a-day and for free on 0800 1111.