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Yorkshire Paedophile George Thorley Receives 27-Year Jail Term for Decades of Horrific Sex Abuse, Including Victims from London

In a landmark ruling, George Thorley, a Yorkshire resident, has been sentenced to 27 years in prison by Leeds Crown Court for perpetrating a disturbing series of sex offences against children over a span of more than two decades. The harrowing crimes, which included drugging and molesting children, encompassed areas across Durham, West Yorkshire, and London.

Thorley’s heinous acts came to light following reports from three victims to West Yorkshire Police over a 12-month period starting in 2021. Subsequent investigations, coordinated by authorities in multiple jurisdictions, uncovered a total of seven victims, with one in Durham, two in West Yorkshire, and four in London.

The 74-year-old from Cleckheaton, described by a lead detective as “a genuine danger to children,” faced charges relating to 32 sex offences, including rape and multiple indecent assaults, committed between 1973 and 1995. Thorley’s arrest in March 2021 culminated in a lengthy legal process that concluded with his sentencing on Wednesday.

During the sentencing hearing, Judge Mushtaq Khokhar expressed shock at the extent of Thorley’s offending, stating, “I have seen many sex offenders, but never one who has been so prolific in their offending against children.” The judge recounted chilling details of Thorley’s crimes, including instances of drugging victims and issuing threats to maintain their silence.

Thorley’s victims endured profound and enduring trauma, with one individual revealing that they had lived with the “mental torture” of the abuse for nearly four decades. Judge Khokhar noted that Thorley’s offending extended beyond the period covered by the charges, indicating a persistent pattern of abuse.

DC Holly O’Neill of the Kirklees Non-Recent Child Sexual Abuse Team commended the bravery of the victims for coming forward and reporting Thorley’s crimes. She assured victims of the police’s unwavering commitment to seeking justice on their behalf.

Detective Inspector Paul Greatorex emphasised the collaborative efforts of multiple police forces in bringing Thorley to justice. He underscored the importance of holding serial offenders like Thorley accountable for their actions and ensuring that they answer for all their crimes.

Thorley’s sentencing represents a significant victory in the ongoing battle against child sexual abuse, sending a clear message that perpetrators will be pursued and brought to justice, regardless of the passage of time.

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