July 2011

Darryl Clark, 48, was branded “a determined and committed” paedophile by a judge

A driving instructor who systematically abused two boys and filmed his sexual assaults for distribution on the internet has been jailed for six years.

Darryl Clark, 48, was branded “a determined and committed” paedophile by a judge at Bradford Crown Court yesterday.

The court heard that one of his traumatised victims hid his face so he could not see what Clark was doing to him.

Clark, of Hawes Crescent, Little Horton, Bradford, pleaded guilty to 33 offences, including rape, indecent assault, sexual activity with a child and making indecent photos of a child.

Judge John Potter told him: “You embarked on the systematic corruption and abuse of these children. It is a sinister aspect of this abuse that you photographed and videoed it for your own gratification.”

The judge labelled Clark, the father of three daughters, “a siginificant danger to the community as a whole” and said the boys were left to endure the horrors he inflicted upon them.

Prosecutor Nicholas Lumley said one boy spoke of sleepless nights and his terror that people would discover what had happened to him. The second boy’s mother told the court her son was withdrawn and his behaviour had altered.

Mr Lumley said of one victim: “He felt unable to tell a soul and tried to block out in his mind what was happening. He reached out for anything to hand and placed it over his face so he could not see what this man was doing to him.”

The second boy told police officers: “He does this all the time,” when showed images Clark had taken while sexually assaulting him.

Mr Lumley said it was “a profoundly aggravating feature” of the case that Clark photographed and filmed himself abusing the youngsters and shared the graphic images on the internet with “like-minded people.”

Clark’s solicitor, Alistair Bateman, said he expressed remorse for the damage done to his victims and their families.

He had committed no other criminal offences and his marriage was in tatters.

Judge Potter made a Sexual Offences Prevention Order without limit of time and ordered Clark to sign on the sex offenders’ register.

After the case, Detective Constable Claire Forder, of West Yorkshire Police Abusive Images Unit, said: “Clark is a particularly worrying individual based on his internet offending but more so because of his direct exploitation of specific victims.”