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Victim Gets Justice After Bumping Into Rapist In Prison

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A man who was raped as a child reportedly had a chance to confront his attacker when they met again in a jail cell 30 years later.

According to the unnamed victim, Gary Mottershead, who was 15 at the time, molested him when he was 6 years old in the early 1980s, notes Metro.

The sexual assaults left a mark on the victim, who fell into patterns of substance abuse and crime.

Years later, in 2015, the victim was in for a shock when he found himself in jail alongside the former babysitter who had raped him repeatedly.

The victim said it took him a while to realize that he knew his cellmate from somewhere. One day, it clicked.

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He went to a guard and shared the disturbing news about the now-50-year-old father of four, who was being held on allegations that he assaulted his wife.

Mottershead ended up in court to answer for the crimes, and a Manchester, England, jury convicted him of one count of rape and six counts of sexual assault on a male under the age of 13. He was sentenced to six years in prison.

"I have lived with this all my life and kept it a secret," the 43-year-old victim told Mottershead in a statement, according to Metro. "Prison was the last place I expected you to be and I felt I couldn't get away from it."

The UK has a more lax statute of limitations than the U.S., where the time limit ranges between three and 30 years depending on the state, notes the BBC.

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The babysitter used to give the 6-year-old cider and play music for him before sending the boy's older sister to her room, said the judge, according to Metro.

"Once you and he were alone you used to tell him that it was 'our little secret' and that if he told anyone that [you] would sexually abuse his sister and a pattern of abuse began in which you took control of the situation," said Judge Timothy Mort during Mottershead's sentencing.

Mottershead's defense attorney, Thomas McKail, said that the defendant was "an immature individual" at the time and has shown no "pattern of offending" since then.

"He was a sexually curious 15-year-old but it is not suggested that he was targeting the victim, or violent towards him in any way," added McKail. "This offending stopped here and there was no repetition. He is now 50 years of age and has no other sexual offending on record. ... At the time of these offenses he was a 15-year-old and he has worked all through his adult life."

But Mort did not let Mottershead off the hook, telling him that his actions "caused serious emotional distress and has had a bearing on [the victim's] involvement with crime."

"You may have been emotionally immature at the time but you were physically mature and you knew that you were there to babysit and you were being paid to do so," he added.

Sources: Metro, BBC / Featured Image: Jobs For Felons Hub/Flickr / Embedded Images: Greater Manchester Police via Metro, Fayerollinson/Wikimedia Commons

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