DARLINGTON MAN JAILED FOR CHILD SEX ABUSE OVER THREE DECADES. A 76-year-old man who sexually abused children over three decades has been jailed for 25 years.
December 11, 2020
Joseph Telford, from Darlington, abused three children during the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, Teesside Crown Court heard.
Durham Police said his “harrowing” actions included one victim being abused at least 60 times during a four-year period and another for six years starting from the age of eight.
Telford was found guilty of 12 counts of indecent assault and six rapes.
His crimes came to light in 2017 when one of his victims reported what had happened to police, a force spokeswoman said.
‘Haunting and devastating’
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