A 63-year-old man from Bury has been jailed after sexually assaulting a girl and sharing indecent images.
Terence Horner (24/04/1954) of no fixed abode has been jailed for sexual assault of a child under 13 as well as making, possessing and distributing indecent images.
On 21 April 2017, following information from a partner agency regarding indecent images that were being shared online, Horner was arrested for possessing indecent images and had his phone and computer seized by officers.
As specialist investigators examined Horner’s phone and computers, they found over 10,000 indecent images of children some of which he shared online.
They went onto discover that he had systematically groomed an 8 year old girl, taking several indecent images, and on one occasion sexually assaulted her.
Detectives were quickly able to identify the victim and prevent her from further harm.
Today, Thursday 22 March 2018, Horner has been sentenced to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to these offences at an earlier hearing.
Detective Sergeant Darren Roughneen of GMP’s Bury borough, said: “The fact Horner sexually assaulted a young girl shows he knew no bounds when it came to exploiting children.
“He uploaded indecent pictures online where they could be seen by anyone who found them, with no care about the innocent children he’d taken advantage of.
“I hope that every parent can sleep a little easier tonight, knowing Horner is behind bars and unable to exploit vulnerable, young girls anymore.
“I also hope that this sentence will send a clear message that we are prepared to relentlessly and tirelessly pursue those who exploit vulnerable, young children to ensure that they are protected from further harm”
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