August 2021

Man jailed for 14 years for multiple sexual offences against children – Oxfordshire

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A depraved rapist who filmed his sick sex attack of a baby was labelled a ‘monster to the innocent’ by his victim’s mother.

The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told paedophile Sam Burton: “I hope you suffer for what you have done.”

On Monday, Oxford Crown Court heard that 23-year-old Burton, who also pasted the heads of people he knew on child sex abuse images, still claimed he was not sexually attracted to children.

Jailing him for 14 years, Judge Nigel Daly imposed an extended sentence – with the Abingdon man having to serve an extended four years on licence.

He will spend at least two thirds of his 14-year jail time behind bars before he is eligible for release.

Judge Daly told the defendant: “Your actions were so depraved that, quite frankly, they defy belief.

“Not only did you carry out the acts, you decided to record what you did. That, in the end, proved to be your downfall.”

Prosecutor Michael Williams told the court Burton’s vile abuse was uncovered last year when a video was found on his iPad showing him performing a sex act in front of a sleeping child.

Police officers trawled through the tablet computer, discovering a huge collection of child sex abuse images.

They included videos showing him raping a baby, explicit videos of a teen girl with whom he had previously been in a relationship and doctored photographs with the heads of children and an adult known to him pasted on to sex abuse victims.

The evidence pointed to him systematically searching the web for indecent material. He had downloaded from the internet 299 images and videos in category A, 211 in category B and 471 in category C.

In pre-sentence reports prepared by a psychiatrist and a probation officer, Burton was said to have denied having a sexual interest in children but was unable to say why he had carried out the abuse.

Burton, of Sellwood Road, Abingdon, pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity to rape of a child under 13, sexual activity with a child, and making indecent images of children.

The defendant must abide by a sexual harm prevention order and a restraining order for life.

He will be a registered sex offender for the rest of his life.