April 2021

Librarian who used work computer to access 15-year-old girl’s contact details then shared explicit messages with her while posing as boy called ‘Gary Barlow’ is jailed for three years

A librarian has been jailed after he used his job to access a child’s contact details and sent her explicit messages online while posing as a 16-year-old boy called ‘Gary Barlow’.

Glyn Viney, 43, used a fake Snapchat account to engage in sexual communication with the 15-year-old girl after spotting her in the library and using its database to find her.

A court heard the pervert also had similar communication with other children – with one believed to have been as young as 13.

Now, Viney, who worked in a library in Newport, Isle of Wight, has been jailed for three years and four months.

Daniel Sawyer, prosecuting at Isle of Wight Crown Court, said Viney contacted his 15-year-old victim online while pretending to be a teenage boy who shared the same name as Take That star Gary Barlow.

Conversations between the pair quickly turned sexual, with Viney asking the girl for sexual images and to carry out sexual acts on herself.

The court also heard there were references to ‘sexual gratification’ during conversations, in the context of the victim being ‘in pain’.

The victim eventually reported matters to her foster carer, who then contacted police.

Viney, who was married but split from his wife, was arrested in August 2019. 

A Snapchat account and screen recorder app, Mobizen, were found on his mobile phone.

Mr Sawyer said messages included demands for videos and added that the victim had ‘disclosed her vulnerabilities’ to Viney.

Similar conversations with different profiles were also found on the phone, with one victim appearing to be just 13 years old. Police were unable to trace the victims.

Viney admitted three counts of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and two of attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity.

He blamed his behaviour on a ‘mental breakdown’ which presiding judge, recorder Anna Midgley, said was ‘indicative of his shame’.

He added that he knew he was going to prison and did not see himself as a victim.

Recorder Midgley jailed him for three years and four months, placed him on the Sex Offenders’ Register indefinitely and made him subject to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for ten years.

He was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £181.

Newport man faces jail for multiple child sex abuse offences

AN Isle of Wight paedophile faces imprisonment for a string of sex offences against children.

Appearing at the Isle of Wight Crown Court yesterday (Monday), Glyn Viney admitted:

  • Three counts of inciting a child, aged under 16 years,

  • Two counts of engaging in sexual activity with a child;

  • Two counts of attempting to incite a child, aged 13 to 15 years,

  • Engaging in sexual communication with a child, aged under 16 years;

  • Making indecent images of a child.

The offences took place between December 1, 2018, and August 24, 2019.

The court was told Viney, 43, of Barton Road, Newport, had made 50 indecent images of children — a combination of stills and films, with 11 of them Class A, the most serious type.

Judge David Melville ordered a report on Viney, with a view to jailing him.

Viney, who has no previous convictions, was bailed to reappear at the same venue for sentencing on April 1.