May 2010

Child abuser jailed for seven years for sexual offences committed more than 30 years ago

A CHILD abuser found guilty of sexual offences more than 30 years ago has been told: “Eventually, you have been brought to book for what you did.”

Bryan Warren, 67, of Lichfield Avenue, Torquay, was given a seven-year prison sentence after being found guilty on 10 counts of gross indecency, indecent assault and other serious sexual offences against children.

And the victims have urged others in similar situations to speak out.

Sentencing Warren, Judge Graham Cottle told him: “For a very long time you have escaped the punishment you are due for what you did to those children.

“You must now receive the punishment I consider appropriate for what you did.”

The court heard during the week-long trial that Warren and another man had abused the children on separate occasions over a number of years.

The court heard the men regarded their molestation as ‘fun’.

The offences relate to a period between 1969 and 1978 and were committed against three children under 16 and sometimes when under 10 years old.

Judge Cottle said: “By your denial of any wrongdoing, each of them came to this court to relive their experiences that they suffered as children.

“It was clearly a very painful and distressing experience for all of them to have to talk about their miserable childhoods.”

He said the other man who took part in the abuse would have also stood in the dock if he were alive today.

Warren was jailed for five years in 1970 for abusing boys.

During the recent trial, he maintained he had never touched his victims and had pleaded guilty in the earlier case after legal advice.

Judge Cottle told him: “I do not accept that explanation for a moment.”

It was following his release from prison that these offences occurred.

Warren will now be listed on the Sex Offenders’ Register.

Speaking after the case, investigating officer Detective Constable Richard Fuller welcomed the sentence:

He said police needed the help of Interpol to track down Warren’s victims.

“I am pleased. It is a fair sentence which allows the three of them to put it behind them and to move on with their lives.

“It is a shame though, that the trial meant that they had to relive their experiences in evidence.”

The victims who faced years of abuse at the hands of Bryan Warren have urged others to speak out.

Now all aged in their forties, they heard for the first time during the trial what each other went through 30 years ago.

Each said they could finally move on knowing they had finally been believed.

One of the victims, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said: “We hope that other people who have suffered like we have the courage to stand up and tell somebody.

“You don’t have to carry it with you forever. You can be free by bringing people like this to justice.”

The victims said that some of the evidence given at the trial was too painful to hear.

One said: “Hearing what the other children went through was like being hit by a brick.”

But coming forward and being believed was hugely cathartic.

“It has been about somebody believing me at last.”

Warren was sentenced to a seven-year jail term after being found guilty of 10 counts of sexually offences against three children more than 30 years ago.

The court heard the abuse was carried out between 1969 and 1978 on the youngsters.

One of his victims spoke of the sleepless nights ahead of the trial.

“It is hard to describe, but I feel like I have gone back there again.

“The adult me has disappeared and the child is coming out.

“I am looking forward to feeling like an adult again. It will be hard and there’s a long way to go but I finally feel that I can begin to move on.”