November 2009

Perverted pair jailed after teen rape

A sex attacker has been jailed for 17 years after repeatedly raping a 13-year-old girl.

And his friend – who joined in on one of Alan Dacre’s sickening attacks – was also locked up for eight years at Preston Crown Court.

Judge Stuart Baker said: “This is about as serious a catalogue of offending as the court ever has to deal with.”

The court heard Dacre, 65, of Westcliffe Caravan Park, Morecambe, began having sexual contact with the girl when she was 12 years old, playing a game called “scaredy cat”, which involved the girl touching him in a sexual manner.

Dacre also began forcing the girl to perform oral sex on him, and Russell Davies, prosecuting, told the court: “She was too scared to say no.”

After about six months, when the girl was 13, Dacre began having full sex with her.

Mr Davies said: “She said that Alan Dacre told her that he was infertile and no-one would believe her if she told anyone what was happening because she wouldn’t get pregnant.”

On one occasion Dacre and his co-defendant Michael Thompson, 46, of Olive Road, Lancaster, got drunk and both raped the young girl while the other stood and watched.

The court heard Dacre also sexually assaulted the girl’s sister, again playing the ‘scaredy cat’ game with her. Dacre was arrested on October 8 2008 after the girl reported matters at her school.

She later disclosed that Thompson had been involved on one occasion and he was arrested on January 19 2009.

Both men denied rape, but were convicted following a two-week trial at Preston Crown Court.

Passing sentence, Judge Stuart Baker told Dacre: “It escalated to the point where on many occasions you raped her. “It culminated with the occasion on which you committed an offence of rape while encouraging and inviting your co-accused to do the same.”

Speaking after sentence, Det Con Andy Williams, of Lancashire Constabulary, said: “This was a serious case of rape and sexual touching involving two young girls, which is reflected in the sentences given.”