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Easingwold Paedophile Jailed for 11 Years

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4:09pm 1st May 2014

A man from Easingwold has been jailed after pleading guilty to a number of sexual offences against children.

John Burns, aged 60, of Station Court, was sentenced to 11 years’ imprisonment at Teesside Crown Court on Thursday 1 May 2014.

He had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to six counts of sexually assaulting a young girl, over a six-year period between 2007 and 2013.

He also pleaded guilty to four counts of taking an indecent photograph, one count of sexual touching and one count of voyeurism.

His two victims came forward to report the offences in May 2013.

Detective Constable Rich Hampson, of Northallerton Protecting Vulnerable Person’s Unit, said: “John Burns is guilty of a disgusting level of abuse which he carried out over a long period of time.

“Thankfully his victims eventually plucked up the courage to report their ordeal and their bravery in coming forward means that Burns has now been brought to justice.

“Hopefully he will spend his time in jail reflecting on the years of torment he put his victims through and the lasting impact it will have on them for the rest of their lives.

“I also hope that the conclusion of this case can allow the victims and their family to try and move forward and feel some sense that justice has been done.”

If you would like to report a sexual offence, you can contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 – select option 1 – and pass information to the Force Control Room.

If you are a victim of a sexual offence, by law you have an automatic right to anonymity and North Yorkshire Police has specially trained officers who will treat your case with sensitivity and discretion.

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