Burscough OAP jailed for historic sexual assaults against young girls

A pensioner from Burscough has been jailed after a trial at Preston Crown Court. The 75-year-old was found guilty of a string of sexual assaults against children dating back more than 30 years. George Gutcher, of Manor Avenue, Burscough, was convicted of 17 charges of indecent assault .

The charges relate to three female victims and happened between 1980s and 1990s. Five offences relate to the first female victim, who was aged seven or eight when the crimes began and the court heard she was assaulted in a swimming baths. A further eleven offences related to a second victim who was as young as eight. The third girl was the youngest at between four and six years of age.

Judge Beverley Lunt imposed a seven year jail term, of which he is likely to serve half, and ordered Gutcher to sign the sex offender’s register for life.

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