A doctor from Greater Manchester has been jailed for 18 years after being convicted of 13 child sex offences

A doctor from Greater Manchester has been jailed for 18 years after being convicted of 13 child sex offences. Stephen Hamilton, 45, of Gaskell Road, Altrincham, was found guilty of offences including sexual assault and rape at Manchester Crown Court. They were committed between 2007 and 2009 against a child under 13. The Crown Prosecution Service's lison Mutch said Hamilton had "subjected his victim to years of horrific sexual abuse and child cruelty". The senior district crown prosecutor said the CPS had been "determined to bring him to justice and we have worked hard to build a strong case against him". "Throughout the investigation and the trial, he has tried to deny that he ever committed these crimes. "However, the jury has not accepted his version of events and has accepted the evidence of his victim." She said the victim had shown "tremendous courage" in giving evidence and that the "impact" of Hamilton's offences was "impossible to quantify". "I hope that the conviction brings some measure of comfort and allows the victim to move on." Hamilton was a doctor at Heaton Medical entre in Bolton, though his charges did not relate to his work there

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