Child rapist gets longer jail term; sentenced to serve further 11 years.
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A MAN already locked up for child abuse has been given a further 11 years for assaulting young girls in a children's home.
John William Laister, 77, preyed on two of his victims between 1968 and 1979 at the former May Lodge Children's Home in Scarborough.
Laister targeted another young victim while teaching at the church's Sunday school in West Yorkshire.
His offences included multiple counts of gross indecency and indecent assault, and two counts of rape on one of the victims.
Laister was sentenced at York Crown Court on September 3. He was already serving a 14-year prison sentence for rape, indecent assault and indecency against two girls aged under 16 in the Bradford area, which were reported in 2014.
He committed those offences while working as a "house parent" at another children's home in the 1970s.
North Yorkshire Police launched an extensive inquiry into Laister in 2014.
Detectives also identified two other offenders who worked as live-in carers at May Lodge during this period, Maurice Berry, 64, from North Somercotes, Lincolnshire, and Ray Vasey, 72, from Darlington, who were sentenced to 13 and 17 years' imprisonment respectively in June and July this year.
They sexually abused three young girls each.
Detective Constable Alison Morris led the investigation into the three offenders at May Lodge.
She said: "The victims of these depraved offenders have endured decades of turmoil stemming from the sickening abuse they endured as very young girls.
"Their terrible experiences will live with them forever, but I really hope they have gained a measure of comfort knowing that justice has now been served.
"I have nothing but admiration for the bravery of the victims in this case.
"Even after all these years, it shows once again that it is never too late to report non-recent sexual abuse and secure justice. "The Non-Recent Abuse Investigation Team is fully equipped to support victims at every stage.
"Victims can have confidence that they will be treated with dignity and respect throughout. "If you have been a victim of such crimes, no matter when it occurred, please do not suffer in silence.
"We are here to help you." Victims who would prefer not to go direct to the police and are not in immediate danger, can contact Bridge House, North Yorkshire's Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC), on 0330 223 0362, email email@example.com or go to www.bridgehousesarc.org/ You can also contact the Supporting Victims Unit direct at www.supportingvictims.org or call 01609 643100.