A BLACKBURN man has today (Monday 26 January 2015) been sentenced for the rape and sexual assault of a vulnerable 14-year-old girl.
Michael McQueenie, 28, of Highbury Place, Blackburn was given 11 years, seven months years imprisonment at Burnley Crown Court for the crimes he admitted last November.
On 5 June 2014, McQueenie lured the girl – who suffers from learning difficulties – into a wooded area at the side of St James’playing field.
He asked her remove her clothing and then subjected her to a serious sexual assault.
Detective Chief Inspector Dean Holden from Lancashire Police’s Force Major Investigation Team (FMIT) said:“This was a callous attack in which McQueenie preyed on a vulnerable young girl, enticing her to a secluded area where he sexually assaulted her. Her ordeal only came to an end when her dad came to find her and McQueenie ran off for fear of being caught.
“Thankfully we were able to trace him thanks to the assistance of members of the public who came forward as witnesses and also helped with identification and CCTV. I know that the victim’s family would also like to express their gratitude to those people too.
“Now that McQueenie has been put before the courts and brought to justice, I hope that the victim and her family are now able to move forward with their lives.”
McQueenie will also be subject to a lifelong Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) and will also be on the Sex Offenders’ Register for life.