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Rapist jailed for 13 years for historic sexual abuse of children in Salford

A man has been jailed after he raped and sexually abused two men and a woman when they were children.

Karl Snape, 44, of Gransmoor Avenue in Ashton, was found guilty of 13 offences of indecent assault and three counts of rape after a trial at Manchester Crown Court Crown Square.

He was sentenced to 13 years in prison and will remain on the Sex Offender’s Register for life.

|Between 1983 and 1989 Snape abused three children, the youngest of whom was a girl of just seven when sexual assaults started.

Snape’s two other victims were boys age eight and 11, who were abused over the course of six years.

The abuse took place in Salford.

Senior Investigating Officer Duncan Thorpe said: “This sentence reflects the seriousness of the abuse endured by the victims over a prolonged period of time.

“I want to take this opportunity to recognise the bravery of these men and woman. Snape pleaded not guilty and forced their victims to stand trial and re-live their experiences.

“This case demonstrates that we will take all reports of abuse seriously, no matter how long ago it happened, and will do all we can to bring the offender to justice.”

Survivors Manchester offers support and counselling for adult male survivors of sexual abuse and rape, regardless of when the event happened. Contact 07919 246 267.

Manchester Rape Crisis is a confidential support service run by women for women and girls who have been raped or sexually abused. Confidential helpline: 0161 273 4500. Black and Minority Ethnic helpline: 0161 273 4514.

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