Bispham man sentenced to 20 years for sexual offences

A Bispham man sentenced to 20 years for sexual offences against two victims who were both under the age of ten.

Thomas Gerrity, 69 of Sandhurst Avenue, Bispham, was jailed for 20 years and an extra four years on an extended licence at Preston Crown Court following a trial.

Gerrity was found guilty of three counts of assault by penetration, six counts of indecent assault and one count of sexual assault. His two victims were both under the age of ten when they were assaulted.

Det. Insp Andrew Crook, of Lancashire Constabulary, said: “Firstly, I want to praise his two victims, who have shown such strength and resilience throughout this process. They should be so proud of themselves for their bravery.

“Gerrity’s crimes are nothing short of abhorrent, and I and my team welcome the sentence handed down on him.

 “I hope that this shows other victims of sexual offences that we will listen to you, we will investigate, and we will do all that we can to get you justice. If you, or someone you know have been a victim of a sexual offence, please talk to us.”

 You can contact police on 101, or anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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