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A twisted paedophile repeatedly raped a 13-year-old girl after grooming her and trapping her in his van.
Gary Healey, 61, from Tyldesley in Greater Manchester, attacked his victim five or six times over the course of a year.
The grandad first tried to kiss the girl when she was just 11 – before taking her home to her aunt and uncle, the Manchester Evening News reports.
Prosecuting, Charlotte Johnson told Manchester Crown Court: “As time went on that progressed and moved from kissing her to holding onto her head whilst he kissed her on the mouth until when she was about 12 and at that stage he told her to get into the rear of the van – she was frightened and obliged.”
Healey ordered the girl to sit on a box in the back of the van before removing his trousers and underpants, it was said.
He then told her to stand up and take off her pants and said if she didn’t “he would do it for her”.
The girl was “silent, scared and feeling sick” as he touched her chest.
Healey then raped his victim and “told her she liked it” and “not to be shy”.
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After the girl turned 14, Healey tried to sexually assault her but she resisted.
When he asked her to carry on, she said no and he told her: “Well, you like it”.
He continued to pester her, saying: “You won’t even let me kiss you on the cheek, I love you to pieces, I’ll never hurt you.”
The horrifying offences came to light after the girl discussed them with her friends.
Mitigating, Martin Callery said his client was a man of “good character”, a “hard working man and family man”, and asked for “mercy” in the sentence.
Healey was convicted of sexual assault and rape and jailed for 14 years, and must serve nine years and four months before he can be released on licence.
He was also made subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for 15 years and must sign onto the Sex Offender’s Register indefinitely.
Sentencing him, Judge Rachel Smith said: “During the trial, the court was played a recording of you and the true nature in which you spoke to her. You were domineering and coercive.
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“You are dyslexic, but in my judgement, I am satisfied you know exactly what you were doing at all times and you knew the consequences of your actions.
“These were distressing and abusive offences against the girls.
“You were convicted after trial having alleged that girls each deliberately lied in their evidence."
If you or somebody you know has been affected by this story, contact Victim Support for free, confidential advice on 0845 30 30 900 or visit their website, www.victimsupport.org.uk.
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