May 2016

Sex offender, 69, sentenced for child abuse

Stephen Carr,

A 69-year-old man has today been jailed for committing serious sexual offences against two children.

Stephen Carr, of no fixed abode, was sentenced following a hearing at Preston Crown Court.

Carr was arrested in October for offences against a child in the Kirkham and Wesham area and later arrested for offences against another child in the Longridge area.

The assaults were committed over several years.

When initially questioned by detectives, Carr denied the charges and maintained his denial up to and beyond the start of his crown court trial.

Having protested his innocence, witnesses were called to court and fully expected to give evidence.

It was only after the prosecution was opened and evidence began to be heard Carr opted to change his plea to guilty.

The court accepted guilty pleas to a number of charges including counts of rape and causing or inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual acts.

At today’s hearing, Carr was sentenced to 20 years in prison.