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Paedophile Jailed for Historic Sex Abuse on Boys in Selby

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3:29pm 4th April 2014

A Leeds man has today (4 April 2014) been sentenced to eight years’ imprisonment and an indefinite Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) for sexual offences against seven boys.  

Charles Arthur Dye, 53, of Shakespeare Grange, Leeds, was jailed at Teesside Crown Court after being found guilty of 23 charges against the children who were aged between four and fifteen at the time.

The offences were committed between 1979 and 1990 in Selby, Leeds, Nelson and Colne.

Dye, an unemployed factory worker, targeted his victims by either befriending their families and babysitting for them, or gaining the trust of local children who were playing on the street, before abusing them.

His offending came to light when one of his victims contacted North Yorkshire Police in January 2012. As a result of the initial investigation, further offences were uncovered which resulted in the 23 charges put before the court.

Dye was found guilty by a jury at Teesside Crown Court in February 2014.

Investigating officer, Sergeant Carol Kirk of Selby Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “Dye is a predatory paedophile who targeted young children for his own sexual gratification, abusing his victims’ and their families’ trust in the worst way possible.

“He showed arrogance and contempt for what he had done right up until his trial, forcing his victims to re-live their distressing ordeals in court.

“I hope today’s sentence gives his victims some closure on the events which have affected their lives for the past 30 years and that they can now begin to move on with their lives.

“This case was very complex and I am now satisfied that justice has been done. I hope the outcome at court gives other victims of abuse the confidence to come forward to the police or seek support from one of the many agencies who now exist to help victims of abuse.”

Three of Dye’s victims have spoken about the effect that Dye’s crimes have had on their lives, and their relief that he has been brought to justice. They want to encourage other victims of sexual abuse to come forward.

One victim said: “Today's outcome only became possible thanks to the courage and mental strength of all the victims to confront an abusive past they had been trying to suppress for around 30 years.

“It can't be underestimated how the mental effects this type of crime affects victims and I believe that no jail sentence will fully compensate me, but the sentence given will help hugely towards dealing with the emotional healing and give me some degree of closure.  

“My personal journey started just over two years ago and at times it has felt like a lifetime to get where we are today. But this was due to the hard work and dedication of North Yorkshire Police to fully investigate all lines of enquiry and who uncovered several further victims, so the wait was really worth it.

“The hardest part of the whole process was making the decision to come forward and then giving my initial statement, but from that point on it really helped me to confront my past and to then tell close family members.

“I must also add that the officers I have dealt with throughout the enquiry have been really sympathetic and supportive and have kept me informed at all stages of the enquiry right through to this final day.

“I would also like to say that if anyone reading this has been the victim of a similar crime then I would wholeheartedly encourage you to come forward to report it and not let these offenders get away with taking away a child's innocence and leaving them to deal with the emotional consequences later in life.”

Another victim added: “First of all I would like to thank Sergeant Carol Kirk of North Yorkshire Police for all the hard work in bringing this case to court and for brining my 30-year-old ordeal to an end - all credit to her.

“The last 10 years have been some of the worst years of my life, and the last two years have been the most difficult.

“No sentence that is passed will make up for the loss of  a normal life over all those years. However, I am hopeful that I can now move on and try to begin a long-delayed “normal life”.

“I am just glad that as time has moved on, people have come to listen to victims more about historic crimes and that there is more help available now then ever before.

“I hope that anyone else that may be suffering or has been the victim of such a crime, has the strength to get the help that is out there for them. No-one should be afraid to ask for help, and no-one needs to suffer in silence like I did.”

The third victim said: “The sentencing of Charles Dye cannot change how his actions towards me have affected my life, both whilst growing up and through adulthood. However I feel the closure I will get from this will help me to look to a more positive future, instead of dwelling on the past.

“I feel for all the other people affected in this case including his family, some of which I used to be good friends with. My biggest regret is that it hung from my back, like a bag of bricks for most of my life so I want to thank Carol Kirk of North Yorkshire Police for her part in this conclusion which will help me get my life back. My message to anyone who has been through similar experiences or may be going through them now is this: don’t leave it like I did and dismiss it trying to forget. It doesn’t work, it just eats at you and stops you moving on. If you can, do something or tell someone. The sooner, the better as you will not only help yourself but may save others from a similar fate. You are not alone.”

Anyone who is affected by sexual abuse, whether it is happening now, or occurred many years ago, should not hesitate to come forward to the police or contact one of the many agencies who can help.

If you do not want to talk to the police, you can contact Bridge House, North Yorkshire’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) directly on 01904 669339 www.turntobridgehouse.org 

To contact  North Yorkshire Police please call 101.

If you have a speech or hearing impairment you can use Textphone 18001 101 for all non-emergencies

In an emergency or if your safety is threatened, always call the police on 999.

Textphone 18000 - in an emergency

Other organisations who can help include:

  • North Yorkshire’s Confidential rape support line on 0300 111 0777 run by IDAS
  • Independent Domestic Abuse Services (York and North Yorkshire) 03000 110 110
  • Domestic Abuse Services (Scarborough and Ryedale) 01723 365609
  • National Rape Crisis Support Line Freephone 0808 802 9999

 

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