A MAN branded a 'pervert' by a judge has been jailed for 15 years for a series of sex attacks on children.
Brian Stephen Minshall, 28, of Luton Road, Ellesmere Port, was found guilty of 22 counts of rape and one of indecent assault.
The jury at Chester Crown Court heard he committed the offences on the children, who cannot be named, between 1998 and earlier this year.
Minshall had denied all the charges, saying he had no explanation as to why the youngsters might be lying.
But the jury of eight men and four women took just two hours to reach unanimous guilty verdicts on all 23 charges.
Minshall stood impassively in the dock as the verdicts were read out.
Judge Roger Dutton thanked the prosecution and defence barristers for their 'expertise and sensitivity' in handling such a difficult case.
He then told Minshall: 'You have been convicted on the most compelling evidence - and rightly in my view - of the most perverted activity with young children.
'The word 'perverted' has a tendency to be overused but, in this case, no better word could there be.'
Judge Dutton also called Minshall a 'drunken, violent man'.
The judge added: 'What the eventual psychological effect on these children will be, heaven only knows.
'I just pray it is less than I fear it will be.'
He sentenced Minshall to 15 years for each count of rape, to run concurrently, and eight years for the indecent assault, also to run concurrently.
Minshall has to sign the Sex Offenders Register and can neither work with nor have close contact with children for the rest of his life.