August 2017: Harris has now been released and is living in Burnley

August 2015

Dangerous paedophile who sexually abused three boys in Formby jailed for four years

A dangerous paedophile who sexually abused three boys in Formby the 1980s was jailed for four years.

Ian Robert Harris, 46, denied a string of sexual offences, but was convicted after a trial at Liverpool Crown Court.

Harris, of Alderson Crescent, Formby, was found guilty of 15 counts involving indecent assault and indecency.

The court heard they took place between March 1984 and March 1988, when Harris was aged between 15 and 18-years-old.

Judge Alan Conrad, QC, said the offences against two of the boys, who were all aged about nine when the offending began, involved threats.

The judge said: “You used your physical presence, your greater sophistication and a combination of inducements and threats in order to initiate and to continue your abuse of them.”

Judge Conrad said Harris, formerly of Lonsdale Road, Formby, had only been in his late teens, but was still considerably older than his victims.

He said he had shown no remorse and claimed the victims had conspired against him, but this was dimissed by the jury.

Neville Biddle, defending, said apart from these convictions, Harris had lived a law-abiding life.

He said the defendant was concerned about the impact of going to prison on his wife and that she would now have to move away from the area.

Judge Conrad said if Harris had been older when the offences took place, the sentence would have been longer.

He ordered him to sign on the Sex Offenders Register for life.