Lancashire

Blackburn man jailed for raping girl with learning difficulties

Michael McQueenie
Image caption Michael McQueenie admitted the crimes in November

A man has been jailed for the rape and sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl with learning difficulties.

Michael McQueenie, from Highbury Place in Blackburn, was sentenced at Burnley Crown Court to nearly 12 years after pleading guilty in November.

Lancashire Police said the 28-year-old assaulted the teenager on 5 June last year after he "lured the girl" into a wooded area.

Det Ch Insp Dean Holden described it as "a callous attack".

"Her ordeal only came to an end when her dad came to find her and McQueenie ran off for fear of being caught," he added.

He said the victim's family were grateful to witnesses who helped identify him.

McQueenie was placed on the Sex Offenders' Register for life and will be subject to a lifelong Sexual Offences Prevention Order.

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