Man given extended sentence for sex offences - Leighton Buzzard


Barry Warren was given an extended prison sentence of 24 years today, Friday, 04 July 2014, for a series of depraved sexual assaults on youngsters going back over 20 years.

Warren, aged 63, an architect, who was well known around his home town of Leighton Buzzard in Beds, was also a music teacher and had taught in a church Sunday school. He had also helped set up organised girls football in the town. But there was a secret depraved side to Warren, who lived in Himley Green, Linslade, Leighton Buzzard. He targeted vulnerable children he could manipulate and groom for his sordid activities and would make threats to the youngsters.

During a 13 day trial he even secretly filmed a teenage girl as she visited a bathroom. His offences were finally uncovered last November when one of his victims revealed what had been going on.

Today, Warren, now of Highfield Road, Winslow in Bucks, appeared for sentence back at Luton Crown Court.

In May of this year he had been convicted by a jury of committing an offence with intent to commit a sexual offence, five offences of assault on a child under 13 by penetration, two offences of rape, sexual assault of a child under 13, voyeurism, and taking indecent photographs of a child. The charges represented three children and a fourth he had secretly filmed while she visited a bathroom.

Following his arrest police discovered he had been trawling the internet to download images of child sex abuse.

Today, passing sentence on Warren, Judge David Farrell QC told him: "You are a very dangerous and predatory paedophile."

During his trial Warren had claimed the charges against him were lies and today the judge was told he is still in denial and had shown no remorse for his victims.

"You sought to blame others, making up detailed and convoluted defences in an attempt to evade justice." The judge said it was clear Warren posed a considerable risk to children and was a danger.

He sentenced him to an extended 24 year jail sentence explaining that the custody element of the sentence was 20 years and the period he will spend on licence will be four years. It means that Warren can expect to serve two thirds of the jail sentence behind bars before his release after 13 years and eight months. But he will then remain on licence for a further 10 years and four months.

In addition he was ordered to pay the prosecution costs of £4200 and he was also made the subject of a sexual offence prevention order (SOPO). His name will also go on the sex offenders' register.

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