Teenage victims were left 'mentally scarred'
Lewis Knight was found guilty of four charges of rape and six charges of indecent assault, while a further charge of indecency with a child was dropped.
The court was told that the 60-year-old, of Torres De Segre in Spain, left his victims – all teenagers at the time – mentally scarred.
The defendant, who was described as being "remorseless", sat emotionless in the dock as he was jailed.
Judge Neil Ford QC said he had preyed on his victims.
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"All of them had vulnerabilities as a result of personal problems. You, I'm convinced, spotted those vulnerabilities and befriended them and acted as a father figure to a greater or lesser extent to each of them.
"You offered advice and gave variously, money, sweets and cigarettes.
"To the outside world you were a kind and respectable man.
"That was a veneer of respect because you manipulated and sexually abused three girls.
"Three girls you knew would not have the strength of will to report what you were doing."
Knight was also given a Sexual Offences Prevention Order which will prevent him from working with children indefinitely.
His victims, who had attended the sentencing, broke down in sobs as they left the courtroom and the defendant was led to the cells.