A man has been jailed after sexually assaulting a 14-year-old who was 'magnet fishing' in Rochdale.
60 year old Stephen Thorpe targeted his young victim in September last year, after seeing him fishing alone in the Rochdale canal.
He began a conversation with the boy, telling him he would have a better chance of catching something if he moved to a different pond nearby.
The teenager took the advice and went to the spot he had suggested - close to Hollingworth Lake, but Thorpe followed him and cornering him in an area 'away from prying eyes".
On Friday, Thorpe, of Firgrove Avenue, was found guilty of engaging in sexual activity with a child at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court and sentenced to four years in prison.