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A pensioner has been sentenced to a lengthy prison term for historical sex offences against children.

John Joseph Joughin, 82, of Marshall Avenue, Warrington, pleaded guilty to 16 charges of serious sexual offences against children on Merseyside.

Joughin groomed and molested three different children, of both sexes, including one aged as young as four years of age, between 1966 and 1990.

He was sentenced today at Liverpool Crown Court to 11 years and three months, was placed on the Sex Offenders Register for life and was subjected to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

Speaking after the case, Detective Constable Julia Jennings said: “Joughin’s victims have shown immense strength and resilience throughout the prosecution process.

“I hope that today’s sentencing has released a huge weight from their shoulders and they can now put 100% into their recovery.

“Specially trained officers and lawyer’s from Merseyside Police’s Unity Team have been by their side throughout the investigation and prosecution to provide support, to ensure their evidence was presented to the court and to see justice served.

“I would like to remind people that time should never be a barrier to obtaining justice and I hope today’s sentence give’s Joughin’s victims some sense of closure and vindicates their decision to come forward and formally report these horrific offences.”

People can call Merseyside Police on 101. Information can also be passed to Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111

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