Rhyl businessman Andrew Brown who has spoken out after he was abused as a child by a former police officer
A North Wales businessman has spoken of the child abuse he suffered at the hands of a police officer.
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, Greater Manchester, when neighbours reported he had not been seen for several days.
Andrew Brown 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 began during a trip to the swimming baths in Moss side.
He said: “He pretended to save me in the water, getting himself underneath me, then abused me in the cubicles.”
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, and 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, ten pin bowling, to Blackpool, and sent me a birthday card. He went for me because I was quiet.
But Andrew, now a successful businessman in Rhyl, 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 abusers.”
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.
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.
“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 ten counts of indecent assault and one of indeceny with a child. The allegations date back to 1975. Both of the alleged victims were boys under 14.
In 1994 Mackintosh pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting five boys dating back to 1964.
The Cover UP
The abuse by ‘Big Mac’ as he was known to colleagues at Stockport police station could have been exposed FIVE years earlier but for a cover-up.
In 1988 a boy attempted suicide after he was assaulted by Mackintosh and later told his parents.
They alerted a church official but it was decided not to report the matter to police because the boys parents’ thought it would increase his trauma.
Amazingly the church official’s son had also been a victim and that also went unreported.
The Methodist church said that with only ‘hearsay evidence’ it was decided the ‘best course’ of action in 1988 was to ask Mackintosh to resign as an officer in the Boys Brigade.
He also left the church.
It was not 1993 that police were then alerted by another victim, Andrew Brown.
Before going to court in 1994 to be sentenced Mackintosh, who then lived in Heaviley Stockport, at the time, confessed to the MEN: “I have brought shame on myself, my family, my church, and the police. I cannot express enough remorse for what occurred and now I just have to take what is coming to me.
“It is difficult for me to understand why I did wrong. If was a huge mistake and probably and illness of sorts. I hope others can forgive me.”