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Rapist hid schoolgirl behind false wall and kept women captive

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A rapist who kept women captive in his home as 'sex slaves' and hid a schoolgirl behind a false wall is facing a lengthy prison sentence.

Michael Dunn, who has lived in east Cleveland, County Durham and Gateshead, also groomed two teenagers, convincing them that they were in a relationship with him. He raped another as she slept.

Dunn, 57, created a "hidey-hole" behind a fridge and hid one of his teenage victims in there when police visited looking for the runaway, a court heard.

The 'hidey hole' in the home of violent paedophile Michael Dunn

Details of the ordeals emerged during a trial at Teesside Crown Court where Dunn was convicted of 10 rapes, three charges of false imprisonment and three of sexual assault. He was cleared of one rape and making threats to kill.

He was physically and sexually violent to the two adults, and his offending stretched across five decades, a jury heard.

He had lived in Liverton Mines, east Cleveland, before moving to Manchester, Cambridgeshire, Gateshead, Ludworth in County Durham, and back to Dormanstown and nearby Redcar.

Judge Tony Briggs remanded Dunn, of Alfred Street, Redcar, in custody until his next appearance.

The 'hidey hole' in the home of violent paedophile Michael Dunn

“This was an extremely complex and difficult inquiry which spanned many years and several locations in the UK. I would first of all like to pay tribute to the victims for their bravery and for supporting our investigation, which enabled us to bring Dunn before the courts.

“Essentially Dunn groomed several women and young girls, in some cases making them completely dependent on him, and carrying out sexual offences against all of them.

“Some of the victims were kept in line through Dunn’s extreme violence or even through the fear of violence and he had complete and absolute control over their lives.

“He ensured he and his victims evaded the authorities while he continued to abuse and control the women.

“Needless to say, all four women are deeply affected by their terrible ordeal. I hope today’s verdict/sentence will bring some comfort to them as they attempt to move on with their lives.”

– Detective Sergeant Dave Pettrick

Speaking after the case, children's charity the NSPCC labelled Dunn a 'a violent sexual predator' who went to extraordinary lengths to cover up his sickening crimes.

A spokesman said: “His actions will have had a hugely damaging effect on his vulnerable young victims and they’ve shown tremendous courage in reliving their ordeals in court.

“Thanks to them justice has finally been served and a long campaign of horrific abuse is over."

Victims can contact the NSPCC helpline in confidence, 24 hours a day seven days a week, on 0800 808 5000. Children can contact Childline on 0800 1111 or at www.childline.org.uk.

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