A Drighlington pensioner has been jailed for seven years after being found guilty of historical sexual offences against two young girls.
Raymond Lofthouse, 75, was convicted of a total of five counts of indecent assault and one count of indecency with a child, at Bradford Crown Court on Thursday.
We welcome the sentence handed to Lofthouse and hope that it provides some closure to his victims who have lived with the consequences of his crimes for the last 50 years.Det Con Sharon Rollinson, West Yorkshire Police
Lofthouse, of Adwalton Green, abused the girls when they were aged between eight and 11 years old.
He was cleared of a further eight charges.
The court heard his crimes dated back half a century but he was finally brought to justice after his victims came forward and reported the abuse, which occurred before he moved to the area, to West Yorkshire Police.
Jailing Lofthouse for seven years, Judge David Hatton QC also made an order for him to sign on the sex offenders’ register for life.
Det Con Sharon Rollinson, who led the investigation into the case, said: “We welcome the sentence handed to Lofthouse and hope that it provides some closure to his victims who have lived with the consequences of his crimes for the last 50 years.
“We also hope it will encourage other victims to come forward and speak to our specially trained officers, who will investigate all reports of sexual abuse thoroughly and sensitively, whether they are historic or current allegations, with the intention of bringing the offenders to justice.”