Paedophile, 85, jailed for horrific sex offences against 24 young people

He'll serve 15 years for his crime.

Daisy Jackson Daisy Jackson - 28th April 2023

An 85-year-old man has been jailed for 15 years after he was found guilty of multiple sex offences against children.

Minshull Street Crown Court heard that sex offender Gerald Glancy, of Beswick Royds Street in Rochdale, had committed numerous offences including rape and sexual activity with young children, between the dates of 24 October 2018 and 22 May 2022.

The harrowing case heard that Glancy had also entered into sexual communication with a child under the age of 16, making no fewer than 47,000 category A, B and C images of children, taking no fewer than 200 category C indecent images of children and distribution of two category A indecent images of children.

On 15 February 2021, police stormed his home address and arrested him on suspicion of possessing indecent images of children.

Officers found a number of devices, including four mobile phones, five hard drives, five flash drives and two cameras, among others.


He admitted the offences and was found to be breaching a previous Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO).

Then on 15 June 2022, officers visited Gerald Glancy’s home again, following intelligence received by the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children. That visit revealed five unauthorised devices.


The court also heard about the horrific sexual abuse experienced by 24 young victims.

DCI Suzanne Keenaghan of the Public Protection Governance Unit, said: “Firstly, we would like to commend the bravery of the victims and their families, in providing us with valuable support in this prosecution.

“We know it’s been an extremely harrowing time for them. Glancy is the worst kind of offender and we are pleased that this predator is no longer on the streets and will not be able to hurt children ever again.


“This case serves as a lesson to those who abuse children, in that if you choose to engage in activities of this kind, we will find you and we will lock you up.

“If there is anyone who is aware of the abuse of children, whether this be online or in person, we would urge you to get in touch with Greater Manchester Police. We will believe you and we will thoroughly investigate every claim.

“We can be contact via 101, through the Live Chat function on our website or information can be passed through the independent charity – Crimestoppers – anonymously on 0800 555 111.

“If something doesn’t feel right – report it.”

GMP guidance for anyone who needs support

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 male victims in Greater Manchester who have experienced sexual abuse, rape or sexual exploitation. Call 0161 236 2182.

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