Guilty of historic sex charge

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A man is due to be sentenced later this year after pleading guilty to 19 historic child sex offences in Lancashire.

Brian Callaghan from Suffolk was arrested at his Ipswich home in September 2012 following several allegations of historical sexual assaults in Suffolk and Preston from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.

The 78-year-old retired man from Waterford Road was charged with offences in December 2013.

At Ipswich Crown Court on Wednesday, July 30, he pleaded guilty to two counts of administering a drug with intent to have sex; six counts of inciting indecency with children; six counts of sexual assault; three counts of child rape; two counts of committing gross indecency with children and one count of cruelty to a child.

Senior Investigating Officer, Ds Darren Bruce, said: “We wonder if he has ever stopped to think about the damage he has done to the children while he sought sexual gratification or how their lives will probably be scarred for ever.”

Callaghan was remanded on court bail prior to his sentencing which will take place at the end of the trial of his co-defendant, 54-year-old unemployed Diane Foster from Downside Close in Ipswich.

Foster was charged with four counts of committing gross indecency with children; one count of aiding and abetting rape and one count of cruelty to a child.