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22 February 2013, 15:34
A serial child sex abuser from Rochdale has been jailed for 22 years for abusing three young children.
59-year-old Keith Whitworth, from Great Gates Close in Kirkholt, was found guilty of 23 historic offences.
The first victim reported abuse to the police in June 2011.
She revealed how she'd been raped from the age of seven, with the abuse continuing for about 10 years.
A second victim was just five when he was first attacked by Whitworth.
Detective Constable Lesley Nolan-Brennan, said: "The detail of the shocking abuse suffered by the victims is quite frankly stomach churning.
"Over a prolonged period Whitworth repeatedly abused three very young children. The consequences of his actions have been life changing for them all.
"They have had to relive their ordeal in open court and I must commend their courage in doing so.
"I hope they feel a sense of justice now he has been sentenced."