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An Oldham man has been jailed for 18 years


An Oldham man who lured young boys into his home before sexually abusing them, has been jailed.

Harry Wolfe (05/10/58) of Fletcher Close, Oldham was found guilty of eight counts of sexual offences following a seven-day trial at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court.

During the late 90s and early noughties, Wolfe – known only as ‘Corolla’ to the children who played near his house – would coerce young people into his home with promises of alcohol and cigarettes.

After gaining their trust and luring them into a false sense of security, by making them believe he was their friend, he would sexually abuse them.

In September 2016, one of his victims disclosed the offences and Wolfe was arrested.

He was sentenced today, Friday 6 July 2018, to 18 years in prison. He will remain on the sex offenders’ register indefinitely and was served a sexual harm prevention order.

Detective Sergeant Chris Julien of GMP’s Oldham Operation Phoenix Team, said: “Wolfe stole the childhood of these men, ripping them away from the normal life they should have been leading and plummeting them into a world of sexual abuse, all for his own disgusting and depraved gratification.

“He preyed on children from the comfort of his own home and took advantage of them in the most horrifically unimaginable way.

“Although the offences happened some time ago, he is now in a place where he has no choice but to think about the pain and hurt he horrendously inflicted.

“I want today’s sentence to make it clear that no matter when or where it happened, we will continue to do whatever we can to put monsters like Wolfe behind bars.”

Greater Manchester is nationally recognised as a model of good practice in terms of support services available to victims.

- If you or someone you know has been raped or sexually assaulted, we encourage you not to suffer in silence and report it to the police, or a support agency so you can get the help and support available.

- You can call Greater Manchester Police on 101, or alternatively people can refer themselves to St Mary's Sexual Assault Referral Centre on 0161 276 6515, whether or not you want make a police report.

- St Mary's Sexual Assault Referral Centre in Manchester provides a comprehensive and coordinated forensic, counselling and medical aftercare service to anyone in Greater Manchester who has experienced rape or sexual assault. Services are available on a 24-hour basis and people can access them via Greater Manchester Police, or as a self-referral.

- Manchester Rape Crisis is a confidential support service run by women for women and girls who have been raped or sexually abused. Confidential helpline: 0161 273 4500.

- Survivors Manchester offers support and counselling for adult male survivors of sexual abuse and rape, regardless of when the event happened. Contact 07919 246 267.

© Greater Manchester Police 2018