Predatory man sentenced to 28 year imprisonment for multiple child sex offences
A 38-year-old man from Avondale Court, Churchfields, London has been jailed for 28 years after being found guilty of a string of sexual offences against girls.
Daniel York appeared in court on Friday, 16 September and was found guilty of a total of 28 charges for multiple child sex offences against nine girls. The offences, which took place between 2008 and 2013, included:
· paying for the sexual services of a child
· inciting a child to engage in sexual activity
· the making, taking and possession of indecent images of children.
York later pled guilty to further offences involving nine girls on Thursday, 6 October and was sentenced at Guildford Crown Court today (Monday, 5 December).
Detective Chief Inspector Adam Colwood, from Surrey Police’s Complex Abuse Unit, said: “York is a predatory sexual offender who groomed and violated numerous girls using online means over a number of years.
“York would take on the disguise of various male and female personas and engage with girls over instant messaging. He incited them to engage in sexual activity and send indecent images of themselves over webcam or by instant messaging. In the course of his offending he would also use internet sites such as Gumtree and target girls to groom, meet and pay for sex.
“A lengthy and complex investigation carried out by Surrey Police officers between June 2013 until York’s conviction in September 2016 has resulted in putting this predator behind bars for a considerable length of time which I hope is some consolation to his victims.”
DCI Colwood, continued: “Surrey Police treat all allegations of sexual abuse extremely seriously and I would encourage anyone who feels they have been a victim to report such incidents.
“Many young people who are being abused online often may not see themselves as being taken advantage of or exploited. We would encourage victims or young people with any concerns to tell someone they trust, whether that’s their parents, teacher or Surrey Police.
“I would urge everyone, including parents, teachers, young people and those that work with young people to educate themselves on the warning signs of Child Sexual Exploitation. You can find a list of some of the warning signs of CSE on our website www.surrey.police.uk/cse.”