December 2018

Preston paedophile Terence Rafferty to be brought to justice a second time

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A proud mother has revealed that her daughter’s bravery in facing her abuser encouraged another girl to come forward.

Terrence Rafferty, 47, of London Road, Preston, admits indecently assaulting a schoolgirl in the 1980s.

Rafferty, who had already served a sentence for abusing a 13-year-old, was prosecuted a second time after coverage of the first case encouraged a second victim, aged under 14 at the time, to contact Lancashire Police.

She was attacked by him over a seven month period in 1988.

Judge Beverley Lunt ordered five counts of making and possessing indecent images and extreme animal images – which he denied – to lie on the file.

Rafferty was jailed for five years in 2016 after admitting grooming a 13-year-old Leyland schoolgirl and asking her to model underwear for him, but was released from prison in September this year.

The mum of the first victim said: “ She has written a lot of poetry since it happened to help her express how she feels. “The article was seen by a lady who had also been abused by this monster years ago, who, in turn, felt strong enough to come forward and reported it.

March 2016

Man asked schoolgirl to model underwear

A MAN who groomed a 13-year-old girl and asked her to model underwear for him has been jailed, as the youngster and her parents watched from a court room.

Terence Rafferty, 44, now of Alley Green, Clitheroe, admitted a string of counts including engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child, and two specimen counts of sexually assaulting her.

The victim, a Leyland schoolgirl, eventually wrote a heartbreaking letter to her mother after nearly two years of abuse and the police were contacted.

The judge Recorder James Adkin, sitting at Preston Crown Court imposed a five- year sentence.

Paul Brookwell, prosecuting, said: “She first met him when she was 11 years of age. They lived in Leyland.

“She would say that from around that age she lacked confidence, and considered herself to be chubby.

“He would pay her compliments, and told her she was beautiful. The comments over a period of time became sexual and he would say things like ‘You look sexy.’

“He asked her to model for him. Initially she would say no.

“The sexual conversations became more explicit when he told of her a fantasy of watching her walking along a catwalk wearing a red thong while her mother and grandmother – who is deceased – watched.

“He essentially used money as an act of bribery.”

His behaviour escalated and he started to touch her. An incident in June 2015 led the schoolgirl to come forward.

Rafferty indicated the allegations were true in a text to his brother.

In an emotive statement shown to the judge, the girl said she felt “felt dirty” and had lost her pride and innocence.