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Sexual predator given life sentence for abuse of young girls

|News, Sexual offences

A prolific sexual predator who raped and sexually abused seven young girls over a 39-year period has been sentenced to life imprisonment at Newcastle Crown Court today.

Anthony Mark Burn (57) was sentenced after pleading guilty during earlier hearings to 13 charges relating to the sexual abuse of seven girls between 1982 and 2020.

Three of the rape charges related to earlier offences, committed while Burn lived in the Newcastle area, but many were linked to further offending committed in Cambridgeshire, where Burn had moved in the 1990s.

Claire Brinton of the CPS said: “Anthony Mark Burn was a prolific and predatory sexual offender, who deceived and manipulated his young victims in the selfish pursuit of his own gratification.

“Burn abused the trust placed in him, both by his victims and by those who cared for them, to carry out these devastating attacks.

“Those he abused have endured years of significant trauma as a result of his actions but, despite this, have shown incredible courage by coming forward to provide crucial evidence in this case.   

“We sincerely hope that, for each of his victims, there is some comfort to be taken from their attacker’s lengthy imprisonment today.”

Notes to editors

  • Anthony Mark Burn pleaded guilty to twelve charges of rape and one charge of Assault by penetration. 
  • He was sentenced to life imprisonment for all charges, to run concurrently, of which he must serve a minimum of 15 years before becoming eligible for parole. 
  • Claire Brinton is a Senior Crown Prosecutor with CPS North East’s Rape and Serious Sexual Offences (RaSSO) Unit. 

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