A British pensioner has been jailed for 10 years after admitting grooming and sexually abusing a girl from St Helens, near Manchester.
Maurice McCulloch, 75, had earlier pleaded guilty to one count of causing or inciting a child under the age of 13 to engage in sexual activity; eight counts of sexual activity with a child; one count of attempting to engage in sexual activity with a child and one count of meeting a child following sexual grooming.
The offenses took place between October 2013 and the end of November 2014.
He was also made to sign the Sex Offenders Register for life and has become subject of a lifetime Sexual Harm Prevention Order.
Thursday, Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu gave reasons for the President’s unpopularity and cited race as a factor. Republicans are calling on her to apologize.
Her comments came after an NBC reporter asked the senator why Obama has such low approval ratings in Louisiana. Landrieu’s first response was that the president’s energy policies are deeply disliked by residents of the oil and gas-rich state.
She then added, “I’ll be very, very honest with you. The South has not always been the friendliest place for African-Americans. It’s been a difficult time for the president to present himself in a very positive light as a leader.”
Landrieu is in a tight re-election battle with Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy. Tea Party favorite Rob Maness is polling in a distant third place.
Landrieu is sometimes seen as a conservative Democrat, and works tirelessly on behalf of oil and gas interests.
Republicans claimed to take offense and put their own spin on the comments.
According to the Washington Post, Cassidy said the opposition to Obama has more to do with policy than race. Maness said, “Quite frankly, Sen. Landrieu owes the people of Louisiana an apology for relegating them to nothing but racists and sexists.”
State Republican Party Chairman Roger Villere called the remarks “insulting to me and to every other Louisianian.” Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal called the comment “a major insult” to the people of the state.