Rochdale ‘Predator’ jailed for sexually assaulting teenage boy

Picture courtesy of Greater Manchester Police

A Rochdale man has been jailed after he sexually assaulted a 14-year-old boy near to Hollingworth Lake while the teenager was fishing.

60-year old Stephen Thorpe, of Firgrove Avenue, was found guilty of engaging in sexual activity with a child and sentenced at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court to four years in prison.

The court heard how on Tuesday 4th September 2018 a 14-year-old boy was magnet fishing by the canal near to Hollingworth Road in Littleborough.

The boy was approached by Thorpe who advised he go to a different pond nearby to have a better chance of success.

When he moved to the location he realised that Thorpe had followed him and he was sexually assaulted by Thorpe before managing to run away.

Manchester Minshull Crown Court, cropped

Thorpe denied any involvement even though he was identified not only by the victim but by witnesses who had seen him in the area at the time.

Detective Constable Karl Perry, of Greater Manchester Police’s Rochdale division said: “Stephen Thorpe is a predator, he preyed on his victim, and advised him to go out of sight of prying eyes before cornering him and sexually assaulting him.

“He refused to admit his crime and has shown no remorse for what he has done.

“The boy will be left with lasting mental scars from this terrifying event, I am glad he has got a strong family around him and I would like to commend him for his bravery.

“While the terrifying memories may take a long time to fade, I hope today’s result helps the boy to move on from his horrific ordeal.”


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