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A man who sexually assaulted a young boy in a toilet block in Knutsford has been jailed.
Martin Mee pleaded guilty to two counts of gross indecency of a boy under 14 and three counts of indecently assaulting a boy under 14.
The 56-year-old, of Hatchmere Close, Timperley, was jailed for eight years for the offences during a hearing at Chester Crown Court on Monday 16 August.
He was also handed an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order and an indefinite restraining order banning him from contacting the victim in any way.
Mee’s offending took place in the late 1990s, but the incidents only came to light in October 2020 when the victim reported it to the police.
The majority of the offences took place in a toilet block on Northwich Road in Knutsford, which Mee would attend on a regular basis to engage in sexual activity with a boy.
The boy was just eight-years-old when the offences first took place.
On some occasions he would also drive the boy to other secluded areas of Knutsford.
Following the sentencing Detective Constable Lee Ferris, from Macclesfield CID, said: “I would like to recognise the bravery that the victim has shown – firstly in coming forward to report what happened to him and also throughout this investigation.
“This was a complex and emotional case. What Mee did to the victim was truly horrific and will have an impact on him for the rest of his life.
“As a result of his courage, a dangerous man is now behind bars and facing the consequences of his actions.
“The sentence handed to Mee reflects the severity of his crimes and his conviction sends a clear message that Cheshire Constabulary takes all reports of sexual offences seriously – no matter how long ago they took place.”
Anyone who is a victim of a sexual offence can call Cheshire Constabulary on 101 or report it via our website.