June 2017

Pensioner took indecent pictures of young girls and sent inappropriate texts to underage teen

A pensioner has been jailed for the ‘horrific’ exploitation of young girls.

Gary Strickland ‘persistently’ sent an underage teenager inappropriate texts, using ‘highly-sexualised’ language.

He took indecent pictures of the girl and her friend, also under 16, after picking them up in his car and offering them alcohol and cigarettes.

Strickland was said to have befriended the girls and gained their trust before exploiting them.

He was arrested following an investigation by Trafford’s Pheonix Sexual Exploitation Team.

Strickland, 74, from Urmston, was caged for five years following a hearing at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court.

He had earlier pleaded guilty to two counts of child abduction, two counts of taking an indecent image of a child and a count of facilitating or arranging the commission of a child sex offence.

The court heard police received a report of concern for a girl aged under 16 who was found at Strickland’s home on Harington Close.

He was served with an abduction notice.

When the girl was reported missing again a year later, in July 2016, police found her at Strickland’s home.

Officers discovered he had sent a number of messages to the teenager between July and October 2016.

Strickland’s messages were said to have been persistent, asking the girl to visit him at his address.

The youngster told officers she knew Strickland from another girl, who was also under 16.

Detectives discovered he picked the pair up, offering them alcohol and cigarettes, before asking them to behave inappropriately and taking indecent photographs.