A PAEDOPHILE convicted of sexually abusing six children has been jailed for 24 years.
Terrence Sharples abused four boys and two girls in the Blackburn, Leyland and Blackpool area when he was aged between 13 and 31.
Sharples, now 52, had played games with youngsters, to get the chance to touch them. This then extended further into sexual acts, Preston Crown Court was told.
The victims were rewarded with sweets and money and told what had taken place was a secret.
Sharples also used threats and a boy was made to sign a small piece of paper he believed could be used against him if he tried to tell what had happened.
The paedophile was convicted after a trial of a total of 28 offences of rape, indecent assault and indecency with a child. He was found not guilty by a jury of five other charges.
John Woodward, defending, said “He continues to strenuously deny these matters.”
Sharples, of Turf Hill Road, Rochdale, was described as not being in the best of health. He had never been to prison before.
Judge Norman Wright said: “Although the offences happened some time ago, the psychological consequences are still with them.”
Sharples will be on the Sex Offender Register for life, banned from working with children and also subject to a sexual offences prevention order.
He will not be allowed to have unsupervised contact with any under 16-year-olds, not be allowed to stay in any accommodation where there is anyone in that age group and will not be allowed to have anyone under 16 stay at his accommodation.