March 2022

‘Depraved’ paedophile who abused child over 30 years ago locked up after victim bravely came forward

A man who bravely came forward about being abused as a child over three decades ago has finally seen the paedophile responsible brought to justice.

Ian Nixon has been sentenced to over 13 years in prison after pleading guilty to three offences dating back to the 1980s.

The 57-year-old was sentenced at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court on Monday (March 14) after his victim gave significant evidence to Greater Manchester Police in summer 2019.

The court heard that Nixon abused the boy, who was of infant school age, at a house in Rochdale on three occasions over a two-year period in the late 1980s.

Some 30 years later, Nixon’s victim gave GMP graphic detail of a number of serious incidents that he was subjected to during that time.

Detectives from GMP Rochdale district’s Child Protection Investigation Unit soon interviewed Nixon, at his then-home in Blackpool.

He claimed he did not remember the victim and could not recall the incidents that had been described by the victim – but he didn’t deny that they had occurred.

Nixon, currently of no fixed address, was later charged with indecent assault, gross indecency and a serious sexual offence which would now be considered rape. He pleaded guilty to the charges in December 2021.

Nixon has now been ordered to serve 13 years and four months in jail and has been made to sign the sex offenders register.