Four men convicted of multiple sex offences on the remote British colony of Pitcairn have received jail sentences of between two and six years.
Two others have been ordered to carry out community service following the convictions earlier this week.
Chief Justice Charles Blackie said harsher punishments could have an adverse effect on the island as the men are vital to its daily life.
The men will remain free pending the outcome of appeals by their lawyers.
The appeals, to begin next year, will challenge Britain’s sovereignty over the tiny South Pacific island, which has a population of just 47.
The men had been charged with a string of sex offences, including rape and indecent assault, on girls as young as 12.
Their supporters had condemned the prosecutions, saying consensual sex with young girls was commonplace.
Trials, lasting three weeks, were held in makeshift courtrooms set up in the island’s community hall. Three judges sent from New Zealand presided over the hearings. The court was told that young girls on the island deserved respect and protection, and statements from victims detailed depression, insomnia and suicide attempts.
If the men’s sentences are upheld, they will serve time in a cell block they helped to build on the island.