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80-year-old man jailed for sexually assaulting girls, aged four and five

November 26, 2012, 2:42 pm

A man who sexually abused two young girls that he also took pictures of has been jailed.

Ronald Marsden (15/09/1932), of Aberford Road, Baguley, admitted two counts of sexual assault on children and six counts of making indecent images of his two victims.

At Manchester Crown Court Crown Square today, Monday 26 November 2012, he was sentenced to 32 months in prison.

He was also ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register for life and was made subject of a sexual offences prevention order until further notice.

On the evening of 9 August 2012, a five-year-old girl told her mother that she had been sexually assaulted.

The girls mother contacted the police the following morning and Marsden was arrested later that same day.

A blue 4 GB SDHC memory card was found tucked inside his wallet and was seized by police, along with a number of other items including a digital camera that was found inside a sock in a chest of drawers.

The SDHC card and the digital camera were subsequently examined by GMPs Technical Examination Unit. Indecent images of the victim were recovered along with indecent images of another girl, aged four, who was later identified by police.

In one image the girl is seen holding her Barbie doll while Marsden is taking pictures.

Detective Constable Emma Cochrane, of the Public Protection Division, said: “Marsden committed the most reprehensible crimes against two young, innocent girls and this is nothing short of a living nightmare for them and their families.

“Both girls have been supported by specially trained officers throughout and they will continue to get this help going forward.

“They have shown incredible bravery, dignity and cooperation for girls so young and I hope that it is of some comfort to them that their parents can now tell them the person responsible is in prison.

“We will thoroughly investigate any and all such reports and if anyone has been a victim of sexual assault, regardless of when it happened, please contact us in complete confidence.”

Anyone with information should contact the Public Protection Investigation Unit based at Wythenshawe Police Station on 0161 856 6053, 101, or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

– If you or someone you know has been raped or sexually assaulted, we encourage you not to suffer in silence and report it to the police or a support agency so you can get the help and support available.

– You can call Greater Manchester Police on 101, or alternatively people can refer themselves to St Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre on0161 276 6515.

– St Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre in Manchester 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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