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Serial sex offender jailed for 22 years

Paul Boardman sexually assaulted young boys for more than 20 years Photo: Lancashire Police

A man has been sentenced to 22 years in jail following his conviction for a catalogue of sexual offences against young boys dating back more than 20 years.

Paul Boardman, 55, formerly of Bray Street, Ashton, Preston, was found guilty of a total of 43 offences against 7 victims following a trial at Manchester Crown Court.

The offences included rape, attempted rape, buggery, indecency with a child, indecent assault and sexual activity with a child. The victims were all aged between 10 and 16 at the time.

He was today sentenced to 22 years in prison. While he will be able to apply for parole after serving two thirds of the sentence he must prove he is no longer a danger. When he is eventually released he will be on licence for 8 years and will be on the Sex Offenders’ Register for life.

Boardman pleaded guilty to attempting to pervert the course of justice. Another man Ryan Shenton, 24, of Hoghton Lane, Hoghton was convicted of the same offence following the trial. Two others, Marie Blythe, 31 and Natasha Hart, 21, both of Tennyson Mill Court, Preston admitted attempting to pervert the course of justice at an earlier hearing. This related to attempts to influence the case.

The others will be sentenced in January.

All but one of the sexual offences took place between 1990 and 2001 when Boardman lived in the Tanterton area of Preston. The other, and most recent sexual offence, was committed in March of this year at an address in Ashton, Preston.

Detective Chief Inspector Sue Cawley, of Lancashire Police, said: “I am pleased with today’s sentence which reflects the gravity of Boardman’s horrendous crimes.

This is a dangerous and prolific offender who has repeatedly targeted young boys and subjected them to horrendous abuse, showing no regard for their age or vulnerabilities.

“His crimes have left his victims scarred for life in terms of both the emotional and psychological effects he has caused and I would like to pay tribute to them for their bravery in coming forward and in giving evidence to this trial.

“I would also like to thank the Crown Prosecution Service and Prosecuting Counsel for bringing the case and for securing the convictions.

“We take all allegations of sexual abuse extremely seriously and we would encourage people with any information about sexual abuse or who has been a victim of sexual abuse to come forward and report their concerns confident in the knowledge it will be investigated appropriately and with sensitivity.”