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[heading_block]The Paedophile Michael Stanton from Leicestershire has been sent to prison for 12 years for abusing a boy and girl.[/heading_block]A paedophile from Leicestershire who sexually abused a girl and a boy three decades ago has now been jailed for 12 years.

Michael Stanton, 69, committed the offences between 1977 and 1984. He committed a series of sex assaults upon a girl when she was aged between 6 and 8, and the boy was between 9 and 11.

The paedophile carried out the offences upon the girl in Ibstock, Leicestershire which is where he also resided. He was found guilty on two counts of indecency with a child and a further three offences of indecently assaulting her.

The crimes also spread to another part of the country where Stanton was found guilty of indecency with a child and three more offences of indecently assaulting him.

Stanton was acquitted of two offences of raping the girl and two attempts of rape, on the decision of the judge. The jury also found him not guilty of three other indecency allegations relating to the girl.

Judge Philip Head said at Leicester Crown Court:

“Both your victims have made statements which are in so many ways heart-rending, describing what you did as absolutely blighting their lives.

“I’m sure that equates to severe psychological harm.”

Of the female victim he said:

“You accosted her in the street where she was playing with other children and lured her to your house. “You were grooming her.”

The judge also said that after moving to the village he sexually assaulted the young boy.

“On four occasions you grossly abused him.” The judge said.

Judge Philip Head said the female victim “acquired confidence and courage” to eventually speak out as an adult. The judge added this in regards to the male victim.

“I accept you’ve been hard working throughout your life and your health is not good now.”

The judge stated that there was no evidence to support further offending since these crimes three decades ago.

Matthew Lowe, mitigating, said: “He has no previous convictions or cautions and all the evidence indicates that throughout his adult life he has consistently worked hard. “He suffers from ill heath with high blood pressure, diabetes and takes medication for both and had a bad back. “It will make his time in prison a bit more difficult.”