The devastated father of a paedophile’s victim has urged youngsters to speak to a teacher if they’re being abused and are finding it too hard to tell their parents.
Sick Billy Byrne, 23, of Marlborough Road, Aylesbury, was convicted of preying on three young girls, and a string of social media and internet sex crimes.
We know how hard and embarrassing it is for teenagers to talk to mum and dad about something like this, so I would appeal to anyone in this situation to talk to your teachers, it is so important and they will be able to help youVictim’s dad
He was sentenced to ten years in prison with a further four years on licence at Aylesbury Crown Court last week.
And the father of one of his victims spoke of his satisfaction at the sentence, and told how it was a letter to the judge from him that prompted Byrne to confess at the last minute, in a bid to secure a more lenient sentence.
The dad, who remains anonymous to protect the identity of his daughter, said: “They read out a victim impact statement from my daughter in court, but before the sentencing I sent an email to the judge asking him to give Byrne a more lenient sentence if he confessed. I always knew that my daughter didn’t lie, but he denied it all the way through and we needed to hear him admit what he has done.
“When he confessed it really shocked his (Byrne’s) mum, I think she just didn’t want to believe it. But from the very first time he appeared on that witness stand you could tell he was lying, from the second he started talking.”
Byrne’s sentence was reduced by five percent following his last-minute confession. His victims bravely looked on as he was jailed by Judge Francis Sheridan who described him as a ‘predatory paedophile’.
Byrne’s crimes were exposed when one of his victims, who was just 15, confided in a teacher that she thought she might be pregnant.
And the dad thanked the teacher for raising the alarm, and says that he has nominated them for an award.
He said: “I believe there could be other girls that he has done these things, he is very dangerous.
“We know how hard and embarrassing it is for teenagers to talk to mum and dad about something like this, so I would appeal to anyone in this situation to talk to your teachers, it is so important and they will be able to help you.
“All of the children were at the sentencing, and the judge praised them and assured them that Byrne would not be able to get to them anymore. Without the teacher who raised the alarm, and the bravery of my daughter and the other girls, he may never have been jailed. We also think there should be tighter controls on Facebook, to raise the alarm to parents when sexual things appear.”
Byrne was found guilty by a unanimous jury of two counts of causing a child to engage in sexual activity, two counts of sexual activity with a child, two counts of causing or inciting child prostitution or pornography, one count of possessing an extreme pornographic image, eleven counts of possession of indecent photographs of a child and four counts of distributing indecent photographs of a child. He was found not guilty of one count of causing or inciting child pornography.