A MAN has been jailed for 14-and-a-half-years after pleading guilty to 11 counts of sex offences – including those against a child.

Graham Young, 63, formerly of of Hesketh Meadow Lane in Lowton, was sentenced on Friday, April 19 for the horrific crimes he committed against two teenage girls.

The court heard how Young had targeted the two girls after befriending those who were close to them, and began using highly sexualised language and innuendo when he saw them.

The girls were groomed by Young, who pleaded guilty to 11 sex offences against the young girls.

The 63-year-old also pleaded guilty for possession of Category A and B videos of a child, possession of Category A, B and C images, inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, and voyeurism.

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DC Stephanie Goss of the Child Protection Unit in Wigan said: “We are pleased with today’s result, which has seen a dangerous, sexual predator removed from our streets. We hope that this allows the victims time to heal and come to terms with what they have been through at the hands of this man.

“As a force, we are committed to investigating any allegation of sexual abuse and we urge anyone who believes they have been a victim to get in touch with us. You will be believed, and you will be supported.

“If something doesn’t feel right, report it.”

Sexual abuse support:

  • - Saint Mary's Sexual Assault Referral Centre, Manchester provides a comprehensive and co-ordinated response to men, women and children who live or have been sexually assaulted within Greater Manchester. They offer forensic medical examinations, practical and emotional support as well as a counselling service for all ages. Services are available on a 24-hour basis and can be accessed by calling 0161 276 6515.
  • - Greater Manchester Rape Crisis is a confidential information, support and counselling service run by women for women over 18 who have been raped or sexually abused at any time in their lives. Call on 0161 273 4500 or email help@manchesterrapecrisis.co.uk
  • - Survivors Manchester provides specialist trauma informed support to male victims in Greater Manchester who have experienced sexual abuse, rape or sexual exploitation. Call 0161 236 2182.
  • Greater Manchester Police can be contacted via 101 or through the Live Chat function on the website, www.gmp.police.uk. Always dial 999 in an emergency.