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Man jailed for sexually abusing girl and possessing indecent images
Tuesday 19th April, 2011

Man jailed for sexually abusing girl and possessing indecent images
Jailed: Cornfoot

A man has been jailed for sexually abusing a girl and possessing indecent images of children.

Stephen Cornfoot (born 07/12/1957) of Castle Hill Road, Hindley, was jailed for three years six months at Liverpool Crown Court today, Tuesday 19 April 2011.

He was found guilty of seven counts of sexual assault and sexual activity with a girl under 13 following a trial in March.

Cornfoot had abused the girl from 2006 to 2008 when she was aged between 10 and 13.

He was sentenced to three years for abusing the girl.

He was also sentenced to six months imprisonment to run consecutively for possessing indecent images of children - for which he was tried separately and also found guilty of.

Cornfoot was also ordered to sign the Sex Offenders' Register for life and given a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO).

In November 2008, police acted on information they had received about a man possessing indecent images and raided Cornfoot's home.

Officers found that Cornfoot had been using paedophilic websites and downloading images.

In October 2010, he was found guilty of 17 counts of making and possessing indecent images of children and jailed for six months in December 2010.

While he was awaiting sentence for that conviction, a couple who knew Cornfoot were discussing his conviction with their daughter and she told them that Cornfoot had abused her when she was younger.

Cornfoot would give her a lift to sports practice and kiss her while they were in the car.

She also visited Cornfoot at his home, where he had sexually assaulted her on a number of occasions.

In November 2010, before he was sentenced for the original offences, police arrested him on suspicion of the sexually assaulting the girl and two mobile phones were seized and found to contain indecent images of children.

The images ranged from level one to level five (level five being the most extreme) - and 19 of the 45 images discovered were level four.

Detective Constable Amanda Goulding, based at the Public Protection Investigation Unit (PPIU) at Leigh Police Station, said: "Rather than admit his wrongdoing, he put his victim and her family through the worrying and daunting prospect of a trial.

"However, Cornfoot has been given what he deserves not only as justice for the abuse of this girl but for the other children who were abused to make the photographs he downloaded.

"This case proves the importance of dealing with people who look at indecent images of children on the internet - not only have children been abused in the process of making such images - but the people looking at them might also be involved in abuse that has not yet been discovered."

Anyone who has been a victim of rape or sexual assault can contact Greater Manchester Police on 0161 872 5050 or 999 in an emergency. GMP has specially trained officers in place to provide a first class response to victims and help support them through the criminal justice process.

St Mary's Sexual Assault Referral Centre in Manchester, can also be contacted on 0161 276 6515. This 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 either as a self-referral or via Greater Manchester Police.

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