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Paedo pensioner could die behind bars over string of sex attacks 40 years ago

A sex offender learned he could die in jail after being handed a sentence that will keep him behind bars until he’s at least 94.

Peter David Freeman was jailed for 25 years for 20 historic child sex offences he committed against young girls more than four decades ago.

Freeman, 72, carried out the depraved catalogue of abuse in Northamptonshire between 1975 and 1988 against four victims aged between three and 15.

Two women bravely came forward to police in 2017 to reveal they had been repeatedly raped and sexually abused as youngsters.

Freeman was later charged with ten counts of rape against a child under 16 and six counts of indecent assault against a child under 14.

Two further victims then came forward last year, which led to Freeman being charged with five more counts of indecent assault.

Freeman, of Stamford, Lincolnshire., was found guilty of all but one charge of indecent assault following a trial at Northampton Crown Court in April.

On Friday, September 10, he was handed an extended sentence of 25 years, of which 22 will be custodial, with a further three on licence.

Judge Adrienne Lucking QC said his abuse had left his victims grieving for the lives they should have had, causing severe psychological harm and life-long after-effects.

She told him: "This was a 13-year campaign of rape and indecent assault against young children when you were in a position of trust.

"Your sexual interest in children is deeply ingrained and demonstrated over many years."

The judge concluded that he posed such a risk to young children that an extended sentence was required.

Freeman will also be on the sex offenders register for life and barred from working with children.

Detective Constable Colleen White, of Northamptonshire Police, said: "I am so pleased with this sentence, and hope it offers some comfort to the victims, who have shown nothing but class and courage in seeing this case through to its conclusion.

"Peter Freeman's vile offending robbed these women of their childhoods as he inflicted repeated abuses on them, scaring them into silence for many years and leaving them forever changed."

"That they were eventually able to reveal what he put them through and report it to police is testament to their bravery and determination to see justice done" DC White added.

"I hope this sentence brings them some comfort and helps them to move forward. It also goes to show that it is never too late to bring predators like this to account.

"If you have been subjected to any form of sexual abuse, regardless of when it took place, I would urge you to report it to police.

"We will believe you, we will support you, and we will do all we can to make sure those responsible pay for their crimes."

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