October 2020

Thornton-Cleveleys paedophile sexually abused boy, 6, and threatened to hurt his parents

A Lancashire paedophile has been jailed for the sexual abuse of a young boy 

The victim, now in his 30s, saw his abuser jailed for 14 years and has now spoken of how he was warned to hide the abuse from his parents for fear of hurting them.

Mark Solomon, now 59, of Ingleway, Thornton-Cleveleys, was living in Luton when he sexually abused and indecently assaulted the boy from the time he was six-years-old.

The abuse continued until he was 10, with Solomon using swimming trips and days out as an opportunity for access to the child.

He bribed the child with money for sweets and Pokémon cards, telling him “that’s so you don’t tell anybody”.

The abuse only stopped when Solomon moved away from the county.

The abuse was reported to police in 2017, and an investigation was launched. Solomon was arrested in February 2018, but denied the allegations.

He was found guilty of seven counts of indecent assault on a boy under the age of 16 years, which occurred between 1994 and 1999.

In a sentencing at Luton Crown Court on Friday (October 23), Solomon was sentenced to 14 years in prison. He was also placed on the sex offenders register for life.

In an impact statement read out during the hearing, the court heard how his victim, who had buried the abuse for so many years, was compelled to disclose what he had endured to family members, when memories were triggered and his mental health began to suffer.

He said: “At the time, he told me I must not tell my mum and dad because they would be hurt, and I believed him.”