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Pedophile caught 40 years later apologizing for abuse

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The High Court in Glasgow heard how the victim secretly recorded the conversation on his phone between himself and pedophile Michael Sweeney. (Stock image.)

A British pedophile was caught after 40 years when a victim secretly recorded him apologizing for his abuse.

Michael Sweeney assaulted three young boys over a 6 year period in the 1970s, but was never brought to justice.

But he was caught admitting to his crimes when one of his victims confronted the 60-year-old at his home last year.

The High Court in Glasgow heard how the victim, now aged 48, recorded the conversation on his phone between himself and Sweeney.

“Sweeney apologised for the pain and anguish suffered by the victim and his family,” said Prosecutor Stephen McCloy, reported Mirror Online.

The victim then handed the recording to police, who investigated and discovered two other victims.

The abuse took place between 1972 and 1978, and started when the victim was just 4 years old.

Sweeney, from Renfrewshire, Scotland, also preyed on two other boys who were aged around 7 and 11, and would give his victims sweets after each ordeal.

He is now facing a lengthy jail term after he pleaded guilty to three charges of using lewd and libidinous behaviour.

lhanna@nydailynews.com

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