A 60-year-old man from Bedford has been sentenced to over six years in jail for multiple child sexual offences and for breaching his sexual harm prevention order.
Clive Burton, of Mount Pleasant Road in Clapham, was found guilty of two counts of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and two counts of sexual communication with a child. He was sentenced to a total of six years and nine months at Luton Crown Court on Thursday, 21 April 2022.
In August 2021 and January 2022 Burton engaged in sexual conversations with a 12-year old and 14-year-old girl on an app and via an instant messenger service.
Throughout the chats, the young girls told Burton that they attend school and are only 12 and 14-years-old. He repeatedly talked to the girls about engaging in sexual activity and asked them for photos of themselves in their school uniforms and underwear.
On 3 January officers arrested Burton and subsequently seized a number of his devices. On the devices were records of multiple sexual conversations with the young girls.
Detective Inspector Pete Ward from Bedfordshire Police’s Cyber Hub, said: “We welcome the sentence given to Burton. He clearly poses a danger to young girls online and I hope this result sends a clear message that breaches of these orders are taken extremely seriously and perpetrators will face the consequences for their disturbing and disruptive behaviours.”
A sexual harm prevention order (SHPO), previously known as a sexual offence prevention order (SOPO), is a court order that can be requested by the police or court when there is a specific concern about an individual. This court order will be requested to prevent a person from engaging in a particular activity.