A Wythenshawe man who was wanted for more than five years for abusing three girls has been jailed.
Peter Scott was tracked down following a manhunt after he fled to France where he had been living rough.
Scott, 58, of no fixed abode but originally from Wythenshawe, pleaded guilty to 23 offences including gross indecency with a child and indecent assault on a child at Manchester Crown Court, Crown Square.
Today, Friday 13 September 2013, he was jailed for a total of eight years.
Scott’s abuse predominantly took place in the 1980s and was inflicted against three separate victims, two of whom were as young as eleven when the abuse started.
In 2007, the three victims reported what happened to the police. It was not known where Peter Scott was so checks were made via a DWP database, flagging up an address in Swansea.
When officers checked, Scott was no longer living at that address. Intelligence then came in that he may have fled the country and an all-ports warning was issued.
In October 2009, GMP issued an appeal to trace Scott including a picture that had been digitally enhanced to show how he may have aged.
Four years later, Scott, sleeping rough in Foix, France made an application for a new passport as part of his attempts to secure accommodation.
The application triggered an alert in GMP, and a European Arrest Warrant was obtained. In February 2013, Scott was extradited back to the UK by GMP officers.
Detective Sergeant Suzanne Keenaghan said: “Our determination to find Peter Scott was greater than his determination to avoid this day.
“When we realised he may have exiled himself abroad, we put in place a number of controls that meant there was only so much Scott could do without us becoming aware of his whereabouts.
“His extradition came as a result of working in partnership with the Serious Organised Crime Agency, Interpol and the French police.
“Greater Manchester Police is committed to thoroughly investigating all cases of historic abuse. No matter when they occurred and no matter where any perpetrator tries to hide, we will track them down and they will be brought to justice for their crimes.
“The abuse that these victims suffered through the years is unimaginable. Having spent so much time with them through the whole process, I am able to see first-hand the major impact this has had on their lives. I just hope now that this may bring some closure to them so that they can try to move on. They deserve to get their lives back now.
“I commend the way that they have managed with this ordeal. They have a lot to be proud of in the way they conducted themselves throughout the entire process bearing in mind they reported it in 2007 and didn’t get their justice until 2013.
“These women should give an example to anyone else who may have suffered similar abuse. I understand that many victims feel that the easiest thing to do is simply try and forget about the past and keep their experiences bottled up.
“But you can never really shake off what has happened, and bringing that person to justice is often the only way for victims to truly move on.
“For us, it is never too late for abuse to be reported.”