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Blackpool man jailed for 20 years after sexually abusing teenage girl

The offences took place during the 2010s at Monty’s Youth Club.

A former youth club director has been jailed for 20 years after carrying out a campaign of sexual abuse against a teenage girl. 

Christopher Rixon (pictured), 42, of Holmfield Road, Blackpool, was sentenced today (Tuesday) at Preston Crown Court having previously been found guilty of eight counts of rape, six counts of sexual assault and two counts of inciting a girl aged 13-15 to engage in sexual activity. 

The offences took place at Monty’s Youth Club in Blackpool over the last decade, where Rixon was a director.

When he was arrested Rixon told officers he had begun a relationship with the victim when she was 16, and that nothing had happened prior to that. He also claimed that any sexual contact between the pair had been consensual.

He maintained his innocence throughout the trial.

Investigating Officer Simon Morris, of the Lancashire Police Public Protection Unit, said:

“I am glad the jury saw through Christopher Rixon’s lies, and saw him for the dangerous sexual predator he is.

“I can’t overstate the impact that his actions had on the victim, and she must be commended for showing immense bravery in reporting Rixon to us.

“He has shown no remorse by denying the offences, forcing her to go through the ordeal of a trial, and I am pleased he is now behind bars where he belongs."

The counts he was found guilty of (with sentences to run concurrently):

* 8 x rape a girl aged 13/14/15 (20 years in prison)

* 4 x assault a female 13 and over by penetration with part of body/a thing (six years in prison)

* 2 x Sexual assault on a female (one year in prison)

* 2 x Offender 18 or over cause/incite a girl 13 to 15 to engage in sexual activity no penetration (five years in prison)

He was also found not guilty of two counts of rape of a girl over 16, and not guilty of two counts of sexual touching of a child relating to a separate girl.

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