December 2016

Predatory paedophile who raped young women for two decades is jailed

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A predatory paedophile who raped a child and sexually abused others over a period of almost 20 years has been locked up.

David John Henderson, 54, also raped a woman after offering her a lift home but then driving to a remote location and attacking her.

Manchester’s Minshull Street Crown Court heard Henderson’s catalogue of abuse began when he was just 17 years old, when he attempted to rape an underage girl in Wales between 1979 and 1980.

He carried out further sex attacks for the next 18 years while living in Heywood and Rochdale .

The court heard Henderson repeatedly sexually abused four young girls throughout that time.

In one case, the abuse continued for more than a decade, starting when the girl was just five years old.

In 1982, Henderson raped a woman in his car after offering her a lift home in the early hours of the morning.

Rather than taking her back to her address, he drove his victim to a remote location and raped her, telling her he would kick her out of the car and leave her unless she did what he wanted.

Henderson, who later moved to Coronation Avenue, Bournemouth, pleaded guilty to one count of rape of a child, six counts of sexual assault of a child, one count of attempted rape of a child and one count of rape.

He was sentenced to fourteen years and four months in prison.

The judge also ordered Henderson to sign the Sex Offender Register for life and he is subject to an indefinite sexual harm prevention order.