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‘Hideous’ rapist who lured vulnerable teenager to isolated areas for sex jailed for nine years at Bolton court

By Dean Wilkins

A ‘hideous’ man who lured a teenage girl into secluded areas to systematically rape her was jailed for nine years at Bolton Crown Court today.

Francis Lynam, 64, of no fixed abode, was found guilty of two counts of raping a 17-year-old girl – who cannot be named for legal reasons.

The attacks took place between September 2010 and March 2011 after Lynam was entrusted to be solely responsible for the girl – while looking after her he would take her to isolated areas and repeatedly rape her.

The youngster eventually confided in a friend about her horrifying ordeals and Lynam was arrested by police.

Detective Constable Phil Halliwell said: “This man was entrusted with being responsible for this vulnerable victim; he hideously abused that trust.

“I would like to pay tribute to the courage that the victim has shown in supporting the police investigation.

“Today’s result highlights the importance of coming forward to police to report incidents of sexual abuse, no matter how long ago they may have taken place.

“It takes courage to revisit incidents of this nature but victims can be reassured that GMP takes all reports very seriously and any incident of historic abuse will be fully investigated in a sensitive manner by specially trained police officers.”

Anyone who has been a victim of rape or sexual assault can contact Greater Manchester Police on 101 or 999 in an emergency.

GMP has specially trained officers in place to provide a first class response to victims and help support them through the criminal justice process.

St Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre in Manchester, can also be contacted on 0161 276 6515. This provides a comprehensive and coordinated forensic, counselling and medical aftercare service to anyone in Greater Manchester who has experienced rape or sexual assault.

Services are available on a 24-hour basis and people can access them either as a self-referral or via Greater Manchester Police.

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