David Walker, 54, from Manchester, has been handed a 15 year prison sentence, having been found guilty of seven sexual offences between the 1970s and 1990s.

Walker began his offending when he was merely a teenager, abusing a young boy aged around six years old by attacking him while he slept, before restraining and raping him.

Other victims gave similar accounts of the abuse they suffered, and described to the Court how their lives had been affected by the abuse; with one victim describing how he was pushed to “a life of drink, drugs and gangs after [he] left school.”

In all, Walker is accused of abusing two boys and two girls, all aged between 3 and 12 years old, in opportunistic attacks while the children slept. Walker was found guilty at Manchester Crown Court of five counts of buggery, one count of rape and one count of indecent assault.

Detective Constable Susan Hazell, speaking after the sentencing, said: “I want the public to know that if they were victims of similar abuse in the past, no matter how long ago it was, that they can rely on the police to listen, understand and investigate to the fullest extent. They will be believed, they will be supported and they can trust that we will do everything in our power to bring the perpetrators of this abuse to justice.”

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