Paedophile policeman jailed for six-and-a-half years
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Bideford pervert admitted string of historic sex crimes against boys.
A FORMER police officer from Bideford who abused boys for more than a decade has been jailed for six-and-a-half years.
Danny Bryant, 65, had already admitted 10 indecent assaults against five boys during the 1970s and 1980s.
Today (Thursday), Taunton Crown Court heard how Bryant, of Moreton Avenue, committed several of the offences while volunteering as a surf lifesaving coach at Saunton in the 1980s.
He was awarded the British Empire Medal for his youth work in 1985 and retired from the police force in 1994.
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Following the sentencing Devon and Cornwall Police issued the following statement: “The prosecution of Danny Bryant demonstrates that no matter how long ago an offence may have been committed, the door is never closed and offenders will be brought to justice.
“Danny Bryant’s crimes have had a significant impact on the lives of his victims and we are doing everything possible to support them at what is an extremely difficult time.
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“The fact that Danny Bryant committed these crimes while a serving police officer makes them all the more serious and an unforgiveable abuse of trust which the public should quite rightly give to a police officer.
“These offences are historic and safeguarding procedures have changed significantly since the 1980s when they have taken place.
“Safeguarding procedures are significantly different now compared to 30 years ago.
“There are now stringent procedures in place to protect young people when taking part in community activities.
“It would be impossible to say that such things couldn’t happen, but the risk is much better managed by the Police and other partner agencies.”