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North Yorkshire man sentenced over child sex charges


6:11am 24th January 2012
(Updated 12:45pm 24th January 2012)

A Scarborough man has today (24th January 2012) been jailed for six years and six months after admitting sexual activity with a four year old child.

34 year old Duncan James Byrne of North Marine Road, Scarborough, pleaded guilty to three charges of sexual activity with a child on 13th October 2011.

The offences took place between 1st March 2011 and 14th April 2011 at a property in Scarborough.

Byrne was sentenced at York Crown Court and also ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register for life.  He was given an indefinite Sexual Offences Prevention Order and banned from working with children for life.

DC Laura Carroll from North Yorkshire Police's Protecting Vulnerable Persons Unit said:

"I would like to highlight the bravery which the victim and their family have displayed since their lives were turned upside down by Byrne.

"Duncan Byrne has admitted that he is a child sex offender and that, together with the consequences he now faces, will follow him round for the rest of his life. To betray the trust of a child in the way he did is abhorrent and beneath contempt.

 "I hope today's outcome gives other victims of sexual abuse the confidence to come forward and report their ordeal to the police."


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