Aaron Blake, 69, from Kirkham, Lancashire, has been jailed for five years and two months for abusing boys in the 1980s, with a judge telling the paedophile ‘time has caught up with you’
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A paedophile has been jailed for sexually abusing boys after he revealed his plans to play Father Christmas in local schools.
Aaron Blake, 69, was sentenced to five years and two months in prison for his horrific campaign of abuse in the 1980s.
Preston Crown Court heard how he painted his victims’ bodies before he abused them, LancsLive reports.
The monster took pictures of the boys on a polaroid camera and kept the images for more than 30 years.
One victim came forward after seeing an episode of Hollyoaks, the court heard.
In the 1980s and 90s, Blake, of Crofts Close, Kirkham, Lancashire, groomed three boys before indecently assaulting them, in the garage of his home.
Blake, who has previous convictions for indecent assault and making indecent images, was arrested in December 2018 after he told someone he wanted to play Father Christmas in local schools.
One of his victims had reported the abuse a month earlier, but as a result of his arrest two more victims were identified.
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Polaroid photos found at Blake’s home at the time of his arrest showed one of the boys with a symbol painted on his torso. Years later the boy reported Blake had indecently assaulted him as he cleaned it off.
Another of the victims also reported being painted by Blake before being abused.
Judge Heather Lloyd, sentencing, said Blake had “groomed the parents” who had trusted him to look after the sons.
One set of parents had approached him to help their son with his school work and Blake had convinced another set to allow their son to go on camp with him.
Judge Lloyd said: “It was that position of trust which enabled you to have access to these boys.
“All your victims are now grown men but they have lived in the knowledge of what you did to them.”
Blake maintained he was not guilty of the offences until the second day of his trial at Preston Crown Court, when he pleaded guilty to one count of indecency with a child and three counts of indecent assault.
Judge Lloyd said: “I suspect you hoped you might get away with these crimes towards these little boys, as they then were.
“Time has caught up with you.”