A 49 year old Jewish man from Manchester has today been jailed for abusing boys and girls, aged 8 to 14 years old, between 2003 and 2014.

Issak Goldschmidt from Salford was sentenced to 8 years and 3 months in jail at Manchester Crown Court today.

Goldschmidt was convicted of “three counts of sexual assault of a boy; four counts of sexual assault of a girl; three counts of sexual activity with a girl under 16; four counts of causing or inciting a girl under the age of 13 to engage in sexual activity; three counts of causing or inciting a girl under the age of 16 to engage in sexual activity; and one count of child cruelty.” Goldschmidt admitted all the counts against him.

Police launched an investigation last March after information was received that Goldschmidt had committed a series of “sickening” sexually and physically assaults on two young people over a number of years.

Detective Chief Inspector Alan Clitherow of Greater Manchester Police’s said: “The persistence Goldschmidt has shown in carrying out his crimes, undiscovered for a number of years, is truly sickening. I’d like today’s result to send a message to those who are victims of abuse that it does not matter when or where abuse happened or by whom. We treat every report with the utmost severity to ensure the right people are behind bars and their victims are freed from the shackles of their crimes.”

Todros Grynhaus was jailed for more than 13 years in 2015 for molesting two teenage girls. He was the first member of Salford’s Charedi community to be convicted of abuse. Operation Parachute was launched following the conviction of Grynhaus and looked into the possible abuse in the Manchester Jewish community. The Police have received a “flurry of information” since the launch of Operation Parachute.

The Police are urging that victims report any information to Greater Manchester Police on 101, or alternatively refer themselves to St Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre on 0161 276 6515. The victims do not have to make a formal police complaint but are still encouraged to make contact.

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