February 2018

Man jailed for 19 years for catalogue of sex offences

A paedophile who raped two children under the age of 12 and arranged for one of them to be abused by other men has been jailed.

John Sleith, of Rothiemay Road, Urmston, abused a boy and a girl over eight years from 2004 until 2012.

Minshull Street Crown Court heard Sleith, threatened the victims saying they would go to prison if they told anyone.

The 70-year-old forced the girl victim to meet other dangerous paedophiles who would also sexually assault her.

However, in November 2017, one of the victims confided in a family member and the police were made aware.

The second victim then also came forward to police.

The court heard most of the offences took place in Trafford.

Sleith was arrested, but denied all of the offences amd claimed the pair were lying.

He later pleaded guilty to a total of 18 counts of non-recent sexual offences including rape, touching and arranging for one of the children to meet other men for the commission of sexual offences.

He has now been jailed for 19 years.