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Man jailed for 20 years after sexually abusing two boys

A Bradford man who sexually abused two boys over a period of nine years has been sentenced for 20 years.

Michael Cooley, from Baildon, was sentenced at Bradford Crown Court on Thursday after he was found guilty on eighteen counts of sexual abuse, including charges of rape and sexual assault.

Credit: West Yorkshire Police

The case against the 55-year-old was opened last August when one of the victims reported he had been subjected to several years of sexual abuse by Cooley, which started in 2009.

After investigation by detectives at the Bradford District Safeguarding Unit, they subsequently discovered that Cooley had sexually abused a second boy between 2013 and 2018.

Cooley was arrested and later charged with several sexual offences against the two boys.

Speaking after sentencing, Detective Constable Nicola Brook, from the Bradford District Safeguarding Unit, said:

I would like to thank the victims for their bravery in coming forward and reporting the abuse they suffered at the hands of Cooley.

“I hope today’s outcome will give them some closure and allow them to move forward with their lives. “I also hope it will encourage other victims of sexual abuse to engage with the Bradford District Safeguarding Unit, who will investigate every report sensitively and thoroughly to support the victims and bring perpetrators to justice.”

– Nicola Brook