A man has been jailed for six years and four months for a string of historic sexual assaults on two boys and three girls.
Frederick Sumner, 52, of Boundary Lane, New Longton, pleaded guilty to five indecent assaults on a male, two on a girl and seven of gross indecency, with some of the children as young as eight when the offences started.
Sumner, who was chaperoned by two people in the dock at Preston Crown Court, clutched the top of his walking cane, crying intermittently as he listened to the proceedings.
Some of Sumner’s victims watched from the public gallery, with onlookers in tears throughout the hearing.
Judge Simon Altham heard on some occasions Sumner, known as “Freddie”, had forced two young victims to touch each other.
While one boy eventually told his mother, another boy, who was aged between eight and 16 when the abuse took place, denied it when confronted because he thought his father would kill the defendant.
Prosecuting, Hilary Banks said: “Mr Sumner was interviewed in March 2013. He admitted his behaviour, that he was moody when growing up.
“He admitted that he had shown pornographic material to children and in that he was including the victims.
“He said he was sorry for everything and regretted what he had done. He said he hated himself for it and hoped to God that he would die soon.
“He said he wanted to be in heaven with his mother and he said he had been punished by God.”
Defending, Richard English, said: “Apologies and expressions of remorse ring very hollow for those in the public gallery, but nonetheless he is abjectly sorry for what he has done.”