A man who sexually abused three young girls over two years has been jailed.
Neil Windle (20/10/1974) of HMP Forest Bank has been jailed for 21 years after pleading guilty to a total of 28 offences of rape and sexual assault of a child at an earlier hearing.
In December 2016, a 16-year-old girl had been located by officers after being reported as missing from home. When taking her home, the girl made a disclosure to police that she had been repeatedly sexually abused by Windle since 2014.
Following this disclosure, GMP’s Specialist Protective Services Team launched a thorough investigation and a number of other reports were made to police that Windle had sexually abused young girls between the ages of four and 16.
In September 2016, Windle was arrested and bailed pending further enquiries but failed to cease his offending, continuing to sexually abuse young girls up until his final arrest in December 2016.
Today, Wednesday 20 September 2017, he has been jailed at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court.
Detective Constable April Hopwood of GMP’s Rochdale Borough, said: “Windle took every opportunity to sexually exploit these young girls, often relying on the façade that he wanted to build a trusting relationship with them.
“The evidence we have gathered throughout this investigation went above and beyond in proving Windle’s depravity and desperate need to subject innocent people to horrific abuse for his own indulgence.
“Every ounce of courage that his victims have so bravely shown throughout this investigation has enabled us to take a man, who has had such a detrimental effect on a number of lives, and put him 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.