A serial sex offender who repeatedly preyed on two young girls has today been put behind bars.
Michael Bailey, of Normoss Avenue, Blackpool, was described by a judge as a sophisticated manipulator of children who planned his attacks with “contemptible skill”.
The 56-year-old admitted a string of crimes against two girls, both under 13, dating back several years.
The court heard he told his victims to keep quiet, giving them cigarettes and alcohol.
Bailey pleaded guilty to four charges of attempted rape, five of indecent assault and five of indecency with a child. He was sentenced at Preston Crown court to 17 years in prison followed by eight years on extended licence.
The court heard the offences were only discovered last year but pre-dated a conviction in 2009, when Bailey was given a suspended sentence and ordered to take part in a sex offenders’ treatment programme.
On that occasion, he had invited a group of girls he did not know into his house before committing a sex act in front of one of them.
Mr Bailey’s barrister said he was remorseful for his crimes.
Judge Graham Knowles QC described it as a grave case and said Bailey had known how wicked his behaviour was.
He said of the two victims: “You regarded them as nothing more than instruments for your pleasure.”
Bailey was told he cannot be released from jail until he has served two thirds of his term.