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Man who sexually abused children at Fulwood children’s home is jailed

Posted on - 19th January, 2018 - 5:37pm | Author - | Posted in - Crime, Fulwood, Preston News
Christopher Hartley
Christopher Hartley

A man who worked at a children’s home in Fulwood during the 1970s has been jailed for historic sex offences.

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Christopher Hartley, of Denham Avenue, Warrington, was found sentenced at Preston Crown Court to 13 years in jail.

The 57-year-old had been found guilty in November last year, following a trial, of 23 offences including rape, attempted rape, indecent assault and indecency offences against a child.

He committed the offences between 1972 and 1978 at the Harris Children’s Home in Garstang Road.

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His five female victims were aged between eight and 16-year-olds at the time.

The children’s home closed in 1982.

The former Harris Orphanage on the Harris Knowledge Park
The former Harris Orphanage on the Harris Knowledge Park

Andy Woodmass from Lancashire’s Operation Fervant, which operates historical abuse cases, said: “I commend the victims’ bravery in coming forward and re-living their ordeals in order to give evidence. This is a significant sentence which reflects the harrowing nature of the offences.

“Lancashire Constabulary remains committed to investigating offences of this nature, no matter how historic, and we would encourage anyone who has been a victim of a sexual offence to come forward safe in the knowledge that they will be treated sensitively and professionally.”

Hartley has also been put on the sex offenders register.

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