Luke Anderson-Byrne JAILED for 17 sexual offences

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Luke Anderson-Byrne JAILED for 17 sexual offences

A PROLIFIC Somerset paedophile has been jailed for 5 years for multiple sexual offences.

Luke Anderson-Byrne, 22 from Taunton was found guilty of 17 crimes after a trial in February before being sentenced last week.

The court heard he incited a 9-year-old girl from outside Somerset to engage in sexual activity via an online platform.

Avon and Somerset Police worked with partner agencies to bring him to justice.

Anderson-Byrne continued to try to contact underage children and believed he was communicating with five girls, but was actually messaging Regional Organised Crime Unit (ROCU) specialists

Anderson-Byrne, received a 5 year sentence at Taunton Crown Court for one count of inciting a child under 10 to engage in non-penetrative sexual activity and 10 counts of attempting to engage or incite sexual activity with the children who did not actually exist.

He was also sentenced for one count of penetrative sexual activity with a 11-year-old and making indecent images of the same child – offences that came to light following his arrest in 2018.

Anderson-Byrne received an indefinite sexual harm prevention order so he can be monitored when released from jail, and will be on the sexual offenders’ register.

Detective Constable Duncan Sandle said: "This was a lengthy and complex investigation involving some brilliant collaborative work between several different policing organisations into a persistent sexual predator.

“We are continually looking to prevent such offending and protect those vulnerable children these offenders prey on.

"This court result reflects the harm Anderson-Byrne caused the two children he did contact.

“Online child sexual exploitation is a horrendous crime that sex offenders such as Anderson-Byrne seek to carry out behind false profiles, for their own sexual gratification.

"But however hard they try to hide their offending, law enforcement agencies will leave no stone unturned to put the likes of Anderson-Byrne in prison to protect the lives of other innocent children.”

Detective Inspector David Wells, from SWROCU’s Online Investigations Team, said: “Anderson-Byrne clearly posed a serious risk to children, persistently attempting to get young girls to engage in sexual activity online.

“As this case shows, law enforcement agencies are across the internet determined to ensure they don’t succeed.

"It is vital parents and children themselves take steps to protect against the threat.”

If you are worried about something that has happened to your child online, report it to police or Child Exploitation and Online Protection.

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