Cleator Moor child rapist 'Jack' Richardson, 76, jailed

William John Richardson, known as Jack Image copyright Cumbria Police
Image caption William Richardson is known as Jack

A 76-year-old man described as a "sexual predator" has been jailed for 16 years.

William Richardson, of Cleator Moor, Cumbria, was jailed at Carlisle Crown Court having last month been found guilty of rape and indecency charges.

Richardson, known as Jack, committed the offences between 1976 and 1999. His five victims were aged between five and 13 years old.

His crimes came to light when one victim spoke to police in April 2013.

Katie Nicolson, senior crown prosecutor for CPS North West, said: "William Richardson is a sexual predator who got away with abusing young girls for many years.

"He has shown no remorse for his actions. He made partial admissions to the police after he was arrested, playing down the level of abuse to minimise his culpability.

"He then put his victims through the ordeal of having to relive the abuse he inflicted upon them at a trial.

"The jury saw through his half-truths and outright lies and found him guilty on all counts."

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