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Derby car salesman loses job and promotion over sex crimes
A former car salesman from Derby, with a previous child sex conviction, created a file sharing account on a Russian website without telling the police.
Under the terms of a previously imposed sexual harm prevention order Oliver Byrne was required to inform detectives of certain activities he was doing online.
They included letting them know about which email addresses he had registered, his use of virtual storage facilities and his use of social media.
But in December last year officers were alerted to what the prosecutor described as activity with “concerning purposes” from an internet address linked to the 34-year-old.
However, it took them until July of this year to arrest Byrne and analysis of his accounts revealed no evidence he had been viewing any child sex images as he had been convicted of previously.
Jailing him for eight months, Judge Jonathan Bennett said: “You are 34 years of age and you pleaded guilty to three breaches of your sexual harm prevention order by doing things and practices you should have not been doing.
“You have a previous conviction for failing to notify the police of your (permanent) address following your conviction in 2017.”
Luc Chignell, prosecuting at Derby Crown Court, said Byrne, formerly of Marsh Green Close, Alvaston, and now of Shardlow Marina, was convicted in January in 2017, of making indecent images of children.
He said as part of a 10-year sexual harm prevention order imposed at the time, he was required to tell the police which email addresses he had registered among a number of conditions.
Mr Chignell said: “He was also supposed to tell them which virtual storage facilities he was using but he did not tell them he was using a Russian website to do this.
“In December 2019, officers received intelligence an (internet) address was being used for concerning purposes.
“Upon investigation it was the identity of this defendant and he was finally arrested in July 2020.
“In interview he admitted creating an email address and using it several times giving an explanation he was drunk when he did so.
“It is withholding this information to the police which creates the breach.”
Byrne pleaded guilty to three counts of breaching the terms of his sexual harm prevention order.
Will Bennett, mitigating, said his client, who appeared over video-link from HMP Nottingham, has been in custody since July and as such he will have served half of the sentence and depending on the length of the sentence should be released almost straight away.
He said: “Prior to being remanded he was working in sales at Available Car in Castle Donington and was days away from finding out if he’d got a promotion. He has lost that job now.
“He lives with his mother and has contact with his brother.
“His grandmother has recently suffered a heart attack and has just come out of hospital.
“His remand means he has not been there for his family and he has felt that guilt quite profoundly.”