June 2019

Pervert jailed after he engaged in sexual activity with 14-year-old boy

A man has been jailed after he engaged in sexual activity with a 14-year-old boy near to Hollingworth Lake in Rochdale.

Stephen Thorpe (29/11/1958), of Firgrove Avenue, has been found guilty of engaging in sexual activity with a child and sentenced at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court to four years in prison.

The court heard how on Thursday 6 September 2018 a 14-year-old boy was magnet fishing by the canal near to Hollingworth Road in Littleborough.

The boy was approached by Thorpe who advised he go to a different pond nearby to have a better chance of success.

When he moved to the location he realised that Thorpe had followed him and he was sexually assaulted by Thorpe before managing to run away.

Thorpe denied any involvement even though he was identified not only by the victim but by witnesses who had seen him in the area at the time.