Preston man jailed for sexually abusing teenager


A 55 year old man has been jailed for eight and a half years at Preston Crown Court for sexually abusing a teenage girl between March 2015 and June 2016. He was also given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

Brendan Tracey pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to six counts of sexual activity with a child and one count of intimidation.

Wendy Lloyd, Senior Crown Prosecutor for the North West Rape and Serious Sexual Offences unit said: "Brendan Tracey is a predatory bully who subjected a young teenager to a series of degrading sexual assaults over a ten month period.

"He was well aware of her age when he abused her for his own sexual gratification.  He became more aggressive with each assault as he overpowered her whilst ignoring her pleas for him to stop.

"When he was initially arrested, he denied carrying out the abuse. He then passed the blame to the victim by sending the victim's mother numerous text messages calling the girl a liar and trying to get them to drop the charges.  However, he eventually pleaded guilty to sexually abusing her and intimidating her mother.

"I would like to thank the victim for standing up to her abuser which has enabled us to bring the defendant before the courts.  As he begins this prison sentence, he must now face up the consequences of his appalling actions.

"The CPS and police urge anyone who has been the victim of sexual abuse to come forward and report it to the authorities.  We are committed to bringing those who have committed such offences before the courts and will support victims in every possible way throughout the process."