A pedophile has been jailed for more than 22 years after being raped and other sexual assaults spanning three decades.
Dennis Johnson abused four children between 1991 and 2018.
After 11 days of trial Bolton Crown CourtA jury reversed convictions in all 21 cases.
The 58-year-old was convicted of the following offenses:
Two counts of rape
Ten domes of baseless attack
Three counts of obscenity with a child
A count of sexual exploitation of a child under 13 years of age
A count of attempted sexual abuse of a child under 13 years of age
A count of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity
A count of threats
A count of bodily harm attacks
A count of straying from the path of justice
During sentencing, prosecution barrister Matthew Curtis told Bolton Crown Court that Johnson told a victim to “shut up” about the perpetrators.
On another occasion, Johnson threw a pound coin at the victim when he told her to leave.
In September 2018, Greater Manchester Police (GMP) Social services have reported that a girl under the age of 13 has revealed that Johnson was sexually touching her.
Shortly after the report, it was revealed that Johnson had abused two other girls between 1991 and 2004.
Both girls were repeatedly sexually abused by Johnson. He raped a girl on several occasions.
The court In the 1990s, Johnson raped a fourth child – a boy.
One of the victims cried while reading his victim’s statement in court.
He said: “I sincerely believe that if it were not for the love and support of my lifelong friends I would not be here today. My friends were my savior.
“I feel like I’m living in fear and a prisoner in my own mind.
“The sexual abuse I suffered at the hands of Mr Johnson has left me with scars that will never heal.
“My own husband can’t even kiss me before he goes to work because I have a strong reaction.
“Some days I hate myself so much I can’t even look in the mirror.
“I don’t know the person I became because I don’t know who I am now.
“I sometimes thought that if I killed myself it would be much easier than to face it.”
Another victim said she was very anxious, often crying, and whenever she touched her husband, he gritted his teeth and brushed his fists.
Anyone who wants help but does not want to talk to the police can contact or visit the St. Mary’s Sexual Abuse Referral Center on 0161 276 6515. website
St. Mary’s provides forensic, counseling and care services for victims of rape and sexual assault.
The National Male Survivors Helpline, Safin can be contacted on 0808 800 5005 or through the website. Here.
Surviving Manchester Helps boys and men affected by rape and sexual assault.
The charity provides treatment assistants and independent sexual violence counselors (ISVAs). They offer assistance in the criminal justice system from initial reports to the court and beyond.
The ISVA operates independently of the police, the Crown Prosecution Service and the judiciary.
Boys and men in Greater Manchester are victims of sexual exploitation, regardless of where it occurs, survivors can access Manchester by calling or emailing 0161 236 2182. [email protected]
The weekly drop in session is every Wednesday from 2pm to 5pm.
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Greater Manchester rape crisis Works with women and girls affected by rape and sexual abuse. They can be contacted on 0161 273 4591.
Victims of sexual crimes are entitled to lifelong unhappiness.
During a police interview, Johnson called the allegations “fictitious and malicious.”
Defending the case, Paul Treble told the court that Johnson was sexually abused when he was growing up and that it was “learned behavior.”
He added: “He accepts responsibility for sexually and physically harassing his four victims.
He has asked the court and the victims to apologize.
“He knows what he did wrong. He is very sorry about that now.
‘Violent, controlling man’
Judge Graeme Smith sentenced Johnson to 22 years and six months in prison.
He said: “This confession, taken along with other evidence during the trial, paints a comprehensive picture of you as a violent, controlling person, showing the impact of your actions on others. It doesn’t matter. ”
“It’s very worrying about these crimes,” he said [your most recent victim], And related to your efforts to avoid or influence criminal activity, are very recent. They show that, although your health has deteriorated significantly, your role has not changed.
“In fact, it is seen with the truth that you have not only denied all the allegations against you, but you have effectively created an alternative story in which you were a victim. ۔
“Actually, the evidence against you was overwhelming, and the allegations you have made against the people you have abused, I’m sure, have only increased their trauma.
“Their trauma is real, deep and lasting. It is impossible to hear abusive statements without feeling deeply moved.
“Like a Child, [your first victim] She dreamed of living a different life; she now talks about living a life of fear, self-loathing and struggling to trust someone other than her husband.
“Even now, 20 years after the abuse ended, she reacted strongly when she kissed her husband.”
“[Your second victim] There are still mental and emotional traumas that lead to severe anxiety that requires medication. She suffers from daily flashbacks and physical symptoms and has a sense of guilt.
“[Your third victim] There are chronic mental health problems.
“[Your most recent victim] He takes medication to help him sleep, has seizures, and loses confidence and self-esteem.
Despite all these statements, a positive note has emerged from these statements. Despite the deep and lasting pain, each of the people who have abused you is determined to move on with their lives, and not allow themselves to be victimized.
“You have indicated to the Probation Service that you are willing to consider counseling or intervention through psychiatric services. Through Mr. Treble’s lawyer, you have for the first time accepted some responsibility for your culprit.
Although you still deny the most serious criminal rape, you have claimed responsibility for the sexual and physical assaults.
“This is a significant change in your attitude towards your perpetrators, and it is hoped that you will now respond positively to the intervention that will be offered to you.”
“The contents of his influential statements, the evidence he provided at the time of the trial, and the fact that such significant damage persisted long after the abuse ended, I have no doubt that They have suffered more and more severe psychological damage. Hereditary in the nature of the crime.
“I am fully convinced that, in the words of the guidelines for rape, the crimes are so severe that a sentence of 20 years or more is appropriate.”
Judge Smith also passed a Sexual Offenses Prevention Order that prohibits Johnson from having contact with any child under the age of 18 without the consent of the child’s parent or guardian – such parent or guardian who Was previously informed of his sentences.
“The sexual exploitation of children is hateful and the hateful abuse of Johnson has been going on for years. Want to support the investigation and have been. It is very important today to help preserve an important belief.
“Although Johnson’s abuse will never change today’s sentence, I hope it will help to make his victims feel a sense of closure and knowing that he is over 22 years old.” Will stay behind bars.
“Child sexual abuse occurs in many forms and the GMP is committed to ensuring that all those responsible for such abuses face appropriate justice. If you are responsible for such crimes, If you are a victim or feel that you know someone who is a victim, please contact the police. All reports will be treated with the respect and sensitivity they deserve and we We will work closely with you to ensure justice is done.
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