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Manchester man, 69, who preyed on boys, given hundreds of years in prison

Union Leader News
August 31. 2018 11:19PM

MANCHESTER — A Manchester man who sexually molested his three grandsons and several other family members has been sentenced to 162 to 324 years in prison, police and prosecutors announced on Friday.

Paul Stratton Sr., 62, received the maximum possible sentences for 13 crimes including aggravated felonious sexual assault, felony endangering the welfare of a child and incest. Prosecutors said Stratton also abused his own daughter — the mother of the three victims — who died of an opioid overdose last November.

And he abused another grandson, who killed himself a year ago this month.

“The sum of (Stratton’s) entire life has been focused on reaping death, destruction and misery,” Assistant Hillsborough County Attorney Sarah Warecki said during his sentencing.

Stratton’s attorneys have filed for sentence review, meaning a panel of judges will eventually decide whether the sentence issued by Superior Court Judge Kenneth Brown lines up with cases of a similar nature.

Court papers list his address as 103 Putnam St.

According to court papers, Stratton started abusing of one of the boys when he was 5 or 6 years old. At times, pornography was involved. He warned the children that if they told a parent no one would believe them and Stratton would stop loving them.

The abuse started as early as 2003 and ended in March 2017, when the boy’s father reported it to police.

According to court papers, Stratton abused or attempted to abuse at least four others, both male and female.

Warecki said two of the victims are teenagers and one is 20. They endured a trial that ended on Aug. 8 with the guilty verdicts.

During a sentencing hearing, Brown remarked on their courage and strength and said it was the basis for his sentence, police said in a statement.

“This conviction really meant a lot to them,” Warecki said.

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