A DANGEROUS sexual predator who abused young boys after drugging them has been jailed indefinitely.
Jay Stewart, of Bibby Drive, Staining, sexually abused four boys – aged between nine and 13 – over a decade after befriending their families.
He used his image as a family man to gain contact with the vulnerable youngsters.
He even drugged some of his victims in order to incapacitate them.
The 54-year-old and another man, 23-year-old Adam Patfield, threatened to kill Stewart’s first victim if he reported the abuse to anyone.
They also falsely bragged about how they had killed people before and ghoulishly told of burying bodies at Beacon Fell, near Garstang.
Stewart, who has a son, denied the offences but was found guilty of six charges of rape, 11 of indecent assault, eight of indecency with children, 11 of sexual activity with a child following a three-week trial at Preston Crown Court.
He was found not guilty of 10 of the charges, which included one allegation of raping a third boy.
Stewart and Patfield, of Enfield Road, Blackpool, were both found guilty of intimidating one of the males by threatening to kill him if he went to the police.
Appearing at Burnley Crown Court yesterday, Stewart was given an indeterminate jail sentence for public protection. He must serve a minimum of 11 years and 270 days in prison before he can possibly gain parole.
He was also ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register and banned from working with children.
Patfield was jailed for two years and was handed a restraining order.
Stewart came to the attention of Blackpool Police’s Awaken team, which targets child sexual exploitation, after concerns were raised about a 14-year-old boy he had befriended in 2010.
An investigation uncovered offences dating back to 1999.
Stewart – who was previously known as John Stuart McGowan and lived in Freckleton and Blackpool before moving to Staining – befriended vulnerable boys’ families and then offered to let them stay over at his Staining home.
Detectives investigating the case said Stewart “created opportunities to commit the offences”.
They said the “children were abused over a period of time” and the abuse happened regularly.
Det Con Shaun Pepper, from Blackpool Police, said: “Stewart has, for many years, shown himself to be a dangerous sexual predator who has targeted vulnerable young boys and has committed the most serious sexual offences against them.
“He is clearly a dangerous individual who gives no thought to the physical and psychological damage that he has inflicted.
“The Awaken Team would like to praise the victims in this case for having the courage to attend court and give their evidence.”