Cumbria

Carlisle child rapist given indeterminate jail term

Peter Maxwell. Photo: Cumbria Police
Image caption Maxwell was sentenced at Carlisle Crown Court

A Carlisle pensioner has been given an indeterminate sentence after admitting 24 offences including raping a teenage boy and taking indecent photographs.

Peter Maxwell, 67, of Ridgemount Road, Harraby, will have to serve at least seven-years in prison before being considered for release on licence.

Judge Paul Batty QC said Maxwell "posed a serious risk to children" and the sentence was for "public protection".

He was ordered to sign the sex offenders register.

Cumbria police said the charges followed an investigation by the force's Public Protection Unit.

'Abused position'

It was started after a man reported having been abused when he was a child at a boarding school in Cumbria, where Maxwell worked.

Det Insp Nick Coughlan said: "Maxwell preyed on vulnerable families, some of which had been through traumatic events, to gain access to his victims.

"He abused a position of trust in the worse possible way.

"I would like to take this opportunity to encourage any victims who have been abused by any offender to contact the police so we can bring their abusers to justice as well as preventing further innocent victims being abused in the future."

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