Man jailed for sexual offences - Aylesbury

21/04/2015

A man appeared at Aylesbury Crown Court on Friday, 17 April 2015, and was jailed for 10 years with an extended sentence of four years for sex offences against children.

Billy Byrne, aged 23, of Marlborough Road, Aylesbury, was convicted of 22 offences at the same court on 6 February, after a trial. He was found guilty and sentenced as follows:

Two counts of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity - sentenced to eight years' imprisonment and three months' imprisonment, to run concurrently.

Two counts of sexual activity with a child - sentenced to eight years' imprisonment for one count and 14 years' for the second count, which includes ten years imprisonment and an extended sentence of four years on licence.

Two counts of causing or inciting child prostitution or pornography - sentenced to six years' imprisonment and four years' imprisonment, to run concurrently.

One count of possessing an extreme pornographic image - sentenced to 12 months' imprisonment to run concurrently.

Eleven counts of possession of indecent photographs of a child - sentenced to 13 months, one year, six months, six months, six months, two years, six months, four months, six months and six months imprisonment, all to run concurrently.

Four counts of distributing indecent photographs of a child - sentenced to six months, six months, four months and two years imprisonment, to run concurrently.

He was found not guilty of one count of causing or inciting child pornography.

The possession of indecent photographs of children related to more than a thousand images. All the offences took place in Buckinghamshire, between 2009 and 2013 and relate to three victims.

Adrian Foster, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said: "This case involved the sexual abuse of three girls, aged 13-15, by a man, who is now 23-years-old, in the Aylesbury area, between May 2009 and January 2013, possession and distribution of indecent photographs of a child and possession of extreme pornographic images.

"The offences came to light when the father of one of the girls reported to police in December 2012 that his daughter had engaged in sexual activity with Billy Byrne. The girl later disclosed that Byrne had also requested naked pictures of her when she was just 14. Following his arrest in January 2013, a laptop and mobile phone were seized from Byrne and forensically examined, where the indecent images and videos of children were found. His Facebook account was also interrogated, which showed he had been searching the profiles of young girls, aged 13-16, and requesting nude pictures from them.

"It is only due to the courage of the victims that the actions of this man have been exposed. I would like to pay tribute to them for their strength and tenacity in coming forward.

"On 6 February 2015, after a 10-day trial at Aylesbury Crown Court, Byrne was convicted by a jury of 22 out of 23 counts namely sexual activity with a child x 2, causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity x2, causing or inciting child pornography x2, possession of indecent photographs of a child x11, distributing indecent photographs of a child x4 and possessing extreme pornographic images x1, despite his denials. He was found not guilty of one count of causing or inciting child pornography.

"The convictions and sentence serve as an important message to people who have been the victim of crimes such as these, or those that know such crimes are being committed, that they should come forward because time is no barrier to justice.

"The emotional impact on the victims and their families is impossible to quantify. I hope that the conviction and sentence gives some small comfort to them. Our thoughts are very much with them all at this time."

Investigating officer, Detective Constable Nick Hills from Force CID at Aylesbury police station said: "I am very pleased with the sentence passed.  My thanks go out to the victims for their strength and bravery during a difficult investigation and trial, and to their families for the support they have provided."