Manchester man jailed for sexual abuse of two girls

Ronald Marsden
Image caption Ronald Marsden admitted the charges against him at Manchester Crown Court

An 80-year-old man who sexually abused two girls aged four and five and took pictures of them has been jailed.

Ronald Marsden, 80, of Baguley, Manchester, was arrested in August after one of the girls told her mother she had been assaulted.

He admitted two counts of sexual assault on children and six counts of making indecent images of his victims.

Marsden was jailed at Manchester Crown Court for 32 months and ordered to sign the sex offenders' register for life.

Det Con Emma Cochrane, of Greater Manchester Police, Public Protection Division, said: "Marsden committed the most reprehensible crimes against two young, innocent girls and this is nothing short of a living nightmare for them and their families.

"Both girls have been supported by specially trained officers throughout and they will continue to get this help going forward.

"They have shown incredible bravery, dignity and cooperation for girls so young and I hope that it is of some comfort to them that their parents can now tell them the person responsible is in prison.

"We will thoroughly investigate any and all such reports and if anyone has been a victim of sexual assault, regardless of when it happened, please contact us in complete confidence."

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