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I'm glad I'll never meet him again... I still feared one day I would; VICTIM SPEAKS OUT AFTER PAEDOPHILE FOUND HANGED.

Byline: NEAL KEELING Daily Post Correspondent welshnews@dailypost.co.uk

A BUSINESSMAN has bravely spoken of the child abuse he suffered at the hands of a police officer, in an effort to get others to report such crimes.

Prolific abuser Don Mackintosh, an ex-sergeant in Greater Manchester Police and church Boys' Brigade leader, was convicted in 1994 of a string of sex offences against young boys and sentenced to nine years in jail.

Now the 71-year-old has been found hanged just days after appearing in court to face fresh allegations of child abuse. Officers broke into his home in Stalybridge when neighbours reported he had not been seen for several days.

One of his victims, Andrew Brown, now a successful businessman in Rhyl, was just 12 years old when the "great bloke" who helped run his Boys Brigade troop began two years of "horrendous" abuse.

The 62-year-old said it started during a trip to the swimming baths. "He pretended to save me in the water, getting himself underneath me, then abused me in the cubicles," he said.

Careful to only abuse Andrew when he was off-duty, Mackintosh would wait for him outside his school gates and offer him a lift home.

"I would try and avoid him by getting a bus, but he would follow the bus. The abuse took place in a lock up garage, at his home near Maine Road (Manchester City FC's former stadium), in his car and at the swimming baths.

"I never told my mum and dad or any of my family until I went to the police.

"He would take me swimming, 10 pin bowling, to Blackpool, and sent me a birthday card. He went for me because I was quiet."

" But Andrew said: "I have no shame about what happened to me. I am a survivor. I hope that by speaking about what happened to me it will give others the courage to report" Mackintosh would have got away with his crimes if Andrew had not decided to go to the police 30 years later.

His complaint led police to other victims and, confronted by a wealth of evidence, Mackintosh admitted his guilt.

Prolific abuser: | sergeant Don Andrew said: "I made a 61-page statement. I could remember the times and places. He drove a green Morris 1000, sometimes he was in his police car "He was grooming me at first. He gave me a part in a play at the Boys Brigade.

"He appeared to be a man's man. Everyone loved him and thought he was a great bloke.

"It is often the case that it is a person who is close to your family that is the danger, not the man hanging around the children's playground.

"It never goes away.

He used to call me Andy, and when people call me that I still jump. I tell people to call me Andrew.

"Mackintosh was a predatory paedophile who abused his position of trust as a police officer and church leader to subject me and other boys to horrendous sexual abuse.

Ex police Mackintosh "As he was a police officer, had I reported it at the time it would have been highly unlikely I would have been believed.

"Eventually, as an adult, I plucked up courage, and reported him. Justice took its course with Mackintosh pleading guilty and being sent to prison."

Commenting on Mackintosh's death, Andrew said: "I am glad I will not meet him again. I still had a fear that one day I might do so.

"But I feel sorry for the new alleged victims who will not have their day in court."

When charged in the 90s Mackintosh went missing, leaving a note. He drove to the Lake District, with booze and pills, but later drove home.

Last week he appeared at Manchester Crown Court for a preliminary hearing accused of indecent assault against two boys dating back to the mid 1970s and 80s.

He was due to appear again on December 5 for a plea and case management hearing and was scheduled to go on trial next May.

The latest allegations were made earlier this year and he first appeared in court in September.

He was accused of 10 counts of indecent assault and one of indeceny with a child. The allegations date back to 1975, when both of the alleged victims were boys under 14.

In 1994 Mackintosh pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting five boys in offences dating back to 1964.

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Victim: Andrew Brown, |now 62, was abused from the age of 12. 'I hope that by speaking about what happened to me it will give others the courage to report abuser,' he said
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