February 2022

Jail for paedophile who repeatedly exploited young girl

A paedophile from Oldham who repeatedly exploited a young girl whilst living at a friend’s home in Ashton has been jailed.  

Keiron Degnan appeared at Manchester Crown Court on Friday (18 February), where he was jailed for a total of 10 years. 

The 35-year-old, of Cowie Street in Shaw, pleaded not guilty to eight counts of sexual activity with a female under 16 and one count of breaching his sex offender registration requirements. He was found guilty of all counts at trial.

Degnan had previously pleaded guilty to one count of sexual activity with a female under 16, with all counts relating to the same victim.

The court heard how in June 2019, Degnan had been living as a lodger at a friend’s home in Ashton where the offences took place.

One evening when the girl was watching television in the living room of the house, Degnan proceeded to engage her in conversation before then performing a sexual act on her. He then went on to have full intercourse with the girl on numerous occasions over a period of at least 16 months.

In May 2021, the girl confided to her parents what had been happening and Degnan was reported to the police.

Degnan had, at the time, been under the terms of a sex offenders notification, which was handed to him in 2006 following a conviction for previous child sex offences.