Lancashire Constabulary – Man who sexually abused two children jailed for 11 years

Detectives are encouraging victims of sexual abuse to continue to come forward after a Skelmersdale man was jailed for 11 years for historic abuses he committed in the city.

David Gardner, 65, was also on the sex offender registry for life, after being convicted of sexually abusing a boy and a girl between 2000 and 2010.

The victims were then between 10 and 13 years old.

Although the victims were too young to fully understand what the accused was doing to them, one of them wondered what he was doing. In response, Gardner said it was “just plain fun”.

He also made one of his victims watch videos of older men raping children.

When Gardner was arrested, officers seized his electronic devices, they found thousands of images of indecent children, as well as extreme pornography.

Gardner, of Alderley, Skelmersdale, pleaded guilty to sexual activity with a child, causing / inciting sexual activity with a child and possessing indecent images of children.

He was sentenced to Preston Crown Court earlier this month.

DC Dawn Croucher, West Lancs CID, said: “First and foremost, I want to congratulate the victims in this case for the bravery they have shown in coming forward and exposing the horrific offenses committed by Gardner against them.

“Gardner is a despicable individual who abused children to satisfy his own evil sexual interests. While no sentence will ever reflect the damage done by an accused, I am glad that Gardner now spends considerable time behind bars.

“I encourage anyone who has been the victim of sexual offenses – no matter how long it has been happening – to contact Lancashire Police. You will be listened to and we will do our utmost to bring the culprit to justice. “

If you or someone you know has been sexually abused, call the police on 101 or report it online

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