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A sick paedophile with a Halloween obsession has been jailed for 12 years after abusing a number of underage girls.
Billy Bradshaw, 31, who even wore a vampire outfit to his own wedding, left the youngsters 'deeply traumatised' after subjecting them to horrific sex crimes over the course of a decade.
Derbyshire Live reports that he was finally caught when two girls reported the abuse to police in 2019. Three more victims bravely came forward after his arrest, saying he had also abused them when they were just children.
In a final act of cruelty, the perverted father-of-four forced his victims to relive their experiences by denying the offences, meaning they had to testify in court.
It took a jury at Derby Crown Court just 90 minutes to find him guilty of all offences of which he was accused.
Barnaby Shaw, prosecuting, described the devastating toll on Bradshaw's victims through their impact statements in court.
One said how she had been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and suffered from anxiety and depression as a result, testifying: "I just wanted him to tell the truth about what happened. When I found he pleaded not guilty] it broke me. I wanted him to tell the truth.
"I want a normal life, I feel this is unlikely to happen because of what he did to me."
Another victim said how she hated things that reminded her of him including alcohol, menthol and Halloween.
Bradshaw was found guilty of three counts of indecent assault of a girl under 16, three counts of sexual activity with a child and one count of assault of a child under 13 by penetration.
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Further guilty charges included one count of sexual assault of a child under 13 and one count of causing/inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity.
Recorder Adrian Reynolds branded Bradshaw's abuse as "despicable".
He said: "You had the chance to think of your wife and children when you decided whether you were going to admit what you had done."
"You showed no compassion for them [his victims], I will give none to you because you don't deserve it.
He jailed Bradshaw for a total of 12 years, with an extended licence period of an additional year.
He also ordered that he sign the sex offender's register for life and imposed a Sexual Harm Prevention Order until further order.
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