A Blackpool man has been jailed for six and a half years for historical child sex offences.
Kashif Gul, 39, of Foxhall Road, Blackpool was found guilty of two offences of indecency with a child following a trial at Preston Crown Court in December last year.
The offences were committed in Blackpool between April and May 2003 and between May and June 2003 when the female victim was 14 at the time.
Gul was acquitted of three rapes and two attempted rapes.
Gul was charged in June last year following his arrest by the team of detectives investigating the disappearance and murder of Blackpool teenager Charlene Downes, although there is no direct link between the two cases.
Detective Inspector Andy Bunn, said: “I welcome the sentence imposed today which shows that the justice system takes these offences extremely seriously no matter the passage of time since they were committed.
“We will continue to not only focus on the disappearance and murder of Charlene as part of our investigation, but on the wider issue of child sexual exploitation in Blackpool and I would encourage anyone who experienced abuse to come forward and speak to us. We will listen to victims and support them as well as bring offenders to justice.”
Charlene was just 14 years old when she was last seen in Blackpool on Saturday November 1st 2003.
A £100,000 reward remains on offer for information leading to the conviction of her killer or killers or the recovery of her body, nobody has ever been brought to justice.
Anyone with information is asked to call 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers.org they can email: firstname.lastname@example.org