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EXCLUSIVE: Retired North Devon policeman accused of historic child sex offences

Published May 23, 2013 by JS2

A FORMER North Devon policeman who was awarded the British Empire Medal has appeared in court accused of historic sex offences against boys.

Danny Bryant, a senior figure in the surf Life-saving world, appeared at a remand hearing at Taunton Deane Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.

 
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    Former North Devon policeman Danny Bryant, who is a senior figure in the surf life-saving world, is accused of historic sex offences against boys

 

Bryant, 64, who served with Devon and Cornwall police for more than 20 years, faces nine charges of indecent assault on two children three decades ago.

Eight of the charges relate to one boy aged under 16. They are alleged to have happened in the 1980s.

A ninth charge of indecent assault relates to another boy. He was also aged under 16 at the time, also in the 1980s.

It’s understood the two alleged victims are not known to each other.

Bryant, of Moreton Avenue, Bideford, was arrested on April 18.

The allegations against him had been reported to Devon and Cornwall Police by Surf Life-saving GB in October last year after they were contacted by an alleged victim.

He answered his bail on Wednesday, May 15, and was remanded in custody.

The next day he appeared before magistrates who decided his case should be heard at Taunton Crown Court on June 3.

He did not enter a plea to the charges and was granted conditional bail.

Bryant, who was awarded the British Empire Medal in 1985 for his services to youth, served across the North Devon area for the whole of his career as a police constable.

Because of Bryant’s involvement with Devon and Cornwall Police, a decision was taken that court hearings would happen outside the force area.

Bryant, whose family has been made aware of the charges, was a founder member of the Devon and Cornwall Police Surf Life-saving Club, which operated until the early 1990s.

He was also a national volunteer with Surf Life-saving GB.

He is also listed as the chairman of the rescue commission of the International Life Saving Federation of Europe.

Pete Lawrence, chairman of Surf Life Saving GB, said: “We are shocked to hear of the historic allegations against Danny Bryant, a retired police officer and founder member of the Devon and Cornwall Police Life Saving Club.

“We understand these historic allegations have no relation to any role Danny Bryant took as a national volunteer with Surf Life-saving GB and we would like to take this opportunity to assure our 6,000 members that our safeguarding procedures are of the highest standard.”

The organisation said Bryant had relinquished all volunteer responsibilities with immediate effect.

It said it had participated fully in the police investigation.

In October 1985 PC Daniel Bryant was pictured in the North Devon Journal receiving the British Empire Medal from the Lord Lieutenant of Devon, the Earl of Morley, at a ceremony in Exeter.

Bryant was then based at the juvenile bureau in Barnstaple and the Journal report said he had earned a high reputation among social workers, employers and teachers: “On many occasions he has personally sought out accommodation and employment for young people.

“Many authorities refer them to him for counselling and such is his reputation that many ask to see him to discuss problems.

“They know they can get in touch with him at any time of the day or night and this has been particularly helpful in drug abuse cases.”

In 1991 Bryant was one of two North Devon police constables to take part in a 128-mile Nijmegen March endurance walk in Holland, raising money for the RNLI.

But two years later he was suspended while an internal investigation was carried out into a verbal complaint made by a man.

Details of the complaint were never made public and no written statement was ever made.

Bryant was suspended in October 1993 but no disciplinary action was taken against him. In March the following year the 44-year-old took early retirement on the grounds of ill-health.

At his Bideford home yesterday Mr Bryant declined to comment on the allegations.

Police say that anyone with information about the alleged offences should call 101 and quote crime reference number CN/13/126.

 

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So ashamed of myself

Published January 6, 2013 by JS2

For many of us the first week of this new year will be a week none of us will forget, and if this is a taste of things to come, we have to prepare ourselves.

It started on Thursday morning 3rd January by this article in the  guardian written by Jon Henley and was further commented on by Damian Thompson from the telegraph the title of which ‘ Paedophiles are ‘ordinary members of society’ who need moral support did something to me, which I find very difficult to put into words, I can only say it acted as a trigger, one I have not felt in a very long time, the urge to harm myself!!

(Many people who self-harm (and those that don’t!) find it incredibly difficult to ascertain exactly why they self-harm. Many have no idea why they are doing it – just that it is something that they feel compelled to do. Obviously, carrying out such behaviour without understanding why, can be very confusing and can leave us feeling like we are “crazy” or out of control this often results in feelings of guilt. These self-deprecating thoughts can result in the need to further self-harm, and hence we get locked into a cycle that is very difficult to break out of.)

As a result of what I had read I lost control for the first time in almost 15 years,  first I tried to phone some friends, who were not at home, making me feel more along and enraged, so I started picking open a wound in my leg which was caused by a lumpectomy nearly a month previously!  The pain was excruciating, but I carried on until slowly the mental pain began to subside, as the physical pain took over.

(Control is important to most survivors. We experience fear when we feel we have no control. With self-harm, you can often have some limited control over the type of pain you experience and when you experience it. It is important to survivors that they have control over their body and their emotions, and self-injury helps to prove that we still have some control because “Self-injury is a pain I can control”)

The following day I had to go to the hospital and have the wound in my leg re-stitched, but first of all I had to explain what had happened, and why I had done what I had done!

I cant tell you the shame that I felt, that this stranger Jon Henley could have such an effect over me! and even more so when I realise  his piece was based on information given by a known Paedophile Tom O’Caroll

Will my mental wounds ever heal, will I one day become free of my abuser who took my innocence when I was just 6 years old?  to these questions I have no answer, but I can tell you that as long as I live,  I for one will never accept that sexual abuse of children can have a positive effect on their lives.   Thank you for taking the time to read and understand me xxx

‘Evil’ Swale man jailed for downloading 800 child porn images

Published January 5, 2013 by JS2

A 34-YEAR-OLD man, who downloaded and shared 800 child pornographic images and 1,200 videos has been jailed for two and a half years.

David Parish of Millfield, Sittingbourne, was sentenced yesterday at Maidstone Crown Court after pleading guilty to 10 charges following a Kent Police investigation.

 

David Parish jailed for downloading child porn and abusive film footage. Picture: Kent Police

Last July, he was charged with two counts of making indecent images of children, two counts of distributing indecent images of children, possession of extreme images and five counts of possession of indecent images with a view to distribute.

Judge Michael Carroll, on passing his sentence, told the court: “You were an enthusiastic participant in this evil exchange. Young children being sexually abused for the demand of adults will not be tolerated.”

More than 800 indecent images of children and more than 1,200 movies of footage, featuring children being abused, were seized from his home, which he downloaded and later shared with other computer users.

Jo Gordon, Detective Constable, from the child exploitation investigation team at Kent Police, said: “Parish not only downloaded indecent images of children, but actively shared them with others, thus encouraging further offending, and further adding to the misery that is suffered by the victims. He had in excess of four days worth of videos, demonstrating an insatiable appetite for footage of children being abused. Such people are clearly a danger, and I am pleased that the child exploitation investigation team has been able to put a stop to his dangerous behaviour.”

Parish will also appear on the sex offenders’ register indefinitely, and will be subject to a sexual offences prevention order.

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CUB SCOUT LEADER JAILED FOR 3 YEARS FOR ABUSING YOUNG BOY

Published December 14, 2012 by JS2

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by Nick Edmundson – Get Surrey

A NEW Haw cub scout leader who sexually abused a young boy and collected indecent images of children has been jailed for three years.

Daniel Bisacre, 32, from Knaphill, cornered the boy, who he met through the scout movement, and performed an indecent act on him in two separate incidents.

Bisacre, who was found guilty of two counts of sexual activity with a child by Guildford Crown Court on November 14, was a former leader of the 2nd New Haw Scout Group.

The boy joined the cub scout movement in a different group to the one run by the defendant.

At his sentencing on Friday, Judge Christopher Critchlow said: “As a scout leader you of course were trusted by parents of the boys in your charge, whether on a trip somewhere or on a scout camp. With your actions you breached that trust.”

The court heard how Bisacre, of Tringham Close, had also been found guilty of child pornography charges in September 2011, after more than 800 indecent images of young boys were found on his computer.

Mr Critchlow added: “I hope while you are in custody that you take the opportunity to address your behaviour. I certainly hope that there won’t be any further offending of this nature.”

In mitigation, Amanda Hamilton, defending, said Bisacre had lost everything following his convictions and had been verbally abused by other prison inmates who heard about the nature of his crimes.

“Despite the publicity of this case, his family has continued to have positive contact with the scouts, including the families of of boy scouts that he looked after,” she said.

“It goes to show how he was viewed by people. Nothing negative has come from anybody towards him and his family.”

Mr Critchlow said: “Before you committed these offences you were a man of good character. You are now 32 and the have lost that good character and through this offence you have lost a great deal.

“You have lost your job, your pension and your involvement with the scouts.”

Bisacre was given a 27-month prison sentence for the two counts of sexual activity with a child and a consecutive nine-month sentence for the possession of indecent images.

Pervert jailed for internet sex offences

Published April 12, 2012 by JS2

A PERVERT who asked women in the Philippines to expose their daughters to him over the internet has been jailed for nine years by a judge in Cardiff.

John Crotty took advantage of poor families in the Far East while living in sheltered accommodation in the Rhymney Valley.

The 54-year-old promised presents or money to the mums to film their daughters in the shower or sleeping naked in their beds while asking to see their young bodies exposed.

In one recorded computer chat he had with a mother, he asked her child’s age and on being told the little girl was just five asked to see her body.

That mother ended their contact telling him he was abnormal and a maniac, but Judge David Wynn Morgan said some were so desperate they were prepared to satisfy his sexual interests online.

He told Crotty: “This took sophisticated planning and careful grooming of the mothers and was carried out with persistence and manipulation.

“You have a perverted interest in pre-pubescent girls, have shown no insight into your offending and have wickedly sought to blame others.”

During his trial at Cardiff Crown Court, Crotty claimed friends must have been in his warden-controlled flat at Ysgwydd Gwyn, Jenkins Row, Deri, and used his computer while he was asleep.

But the jury was told he didn’t get up until lunchtime because he was awake, at his computer, through the night.

In a case believed to be one of the first of its kind in Wales, he had denied charges of arranging child prostitution or pornography 7,000 miles from home, attempting to arrange the commission of child sex offences and possessing indecent images of children.

A jury unanimously found him guilty.

The court heart Crotty met the women either in computer chat rooms or on visits to the Philippines.

He was told five years of his sentence would be custodial, and he will remain on licence and subject to recall to prison until 2021.

His name will be on the Sex Offenders’ Register for life and he is banned from ever working with children.

A Sexual Offences Prevention Order was also imposed to prevent him ever living in the same house as a child under 16 or having unsupervised contact with a child.

He is also banned from using any internet device which does not store a history of its use, and will have to make it available to the police for inspection if a request is made.

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