Wigan man jailed for 14 years for sex offences
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A Wigan man has been jailed for 14 years for sex offences against seven teenage girls over a period of four years.
Harry Bowman (DOB 12/05/01), of Whitlow Avenue, Golborne, was sentenced at Bolton Crown Court, sitting at the University of Bolton Stadium, on Friday (24 September 2021).
Bowman faced 36 charges relating to incidents between October 2016 and July 2019 when the victims were all underage girls.
He pleaded guilty to 25 charges and was then found not guilty of 11 charges after a trial earlier this year.
Bowman first came to the attention of police in March 2017 when a teenage girl told her school that he had sexually assaulted her.
In August the same year, a second teenage female victim received a naked photo of a third teenager via WhatsApp from Bowman.
In December 2017, a third victim came forward to say Bowman had pressured her into have sex and she believed she was pregnant, while in May 2018, a fourth teenage girl told police Bowman had raped her on a number of occasions in his bedroom at his house.
Other victims claimed they were made to perform sex acts via FaceTime while Bowman also performed a sex act.
Detective Constable Colin Langstroth, of GMP's Wigan District, said: "I would like to commend the victims for showing such bravery in coming forward.
"Bowman is a depraved young man and the victims' evidence allowed us to compile convincing case against him.
"It is only right that he remains behind bars."
Greater Manchester is nationally recognised as a model of good practice in terms of support services available to victims. If you or someone you know has been raped or sexually assaulted, we encourage you not to suffer in silence and report it to the police, or a support agency so you can get the help and support available.
- Saint Mary's Sexual Assault Referral Centre, Manchester provides a comprehensive and co-ordinated response to men, women and children who live or have been sexually assaulted within Greater Manchester. They offer forensic medical examinations, practical and emotional support as well as a counselling service for all ages. Services are available on a 24-hour basis and can be accessed by calling 0161 276 6515.
- Greater Manchester Rape Crisis is a confidential information, support and counselling service run by women for women over 18 who have been raped or sexually abused at any time in their lives. Call on 0161 273 4500 or email [email protected]
- Survivors Manchester provides specialist trauma informed support to boys and men in Greater Manchester who have experienced sexual abuse, rape or sexual exploitation. Call 0161 236 2182.