Paedophile Peter Byrne violently raped both his victims on multiple occasions and Judge Andrew Hatton imposed an extended licence period on top of his jail sentence after concluding that the 76-year-old was a dangerous offender.
Former Calderdale man Byrne was first convicted of indecently assaulting girls under 14 back in 1970 when he was 25 and he also admitted further sexual abuse offences in the late 1980s.
In 2016 at the age of 69 Byrne, now of Townsgate Way, Irlam, Manchester, travelled 150 miles to have sex with an eight-year-old girl only to find out he had been talking to an undercover police officer.
Byrne was jailed for 30 months for that offence, but his court case prompted two more of his victims to contact the police and last month he was convicted of a series of serious sexual offences against them dating back to the 1980s and early 1990s.
Byrne was jailed today for offences of rape, buggery and indecent assault and his own barrister David Hall said the pensioner would be “a frail old man” when he becomes eligible for release after serving two-thirds of his 17-year jail term.
Judge Hatton said the victims’ impact statements made “harrowing reading” and by putting them through a trial Byrne had continued abusing them by requiring them to be cross-examined.
“Both of them have been significantly impacted by your offending,” he told Byrne via a video link to HMP Leeds.
“Both of them clearly found the experience of giving evidence in their own ways very difficult.”
The court heard that Byrne plied the young girl with alcohol and also recorded some of the abuse using a camera.
He said Byrne had used violence of a gross nature against both complainants, who must not be identified for legal reasons, and they had both suffered a severe psychological impact.
Byrne is already subject to a lifelong notification requirement as a sex offender as a result of his previous crimes.
Speaking after the sentencing, Detective Chief Inspector Samantha Lindsay said: “I would like to thank the victims for their bravery in coming forward and reporting these matters.
“Because of this, Byrne has got the sentence that he deserves. This case shows that, despite the passage of time, people like Peter Byrne can be brought to justice and I would urge anyone who has suffered in a similar way to come forward and to report the matter to us.
“We have dedicated safeguarding officers here in Calderdale who are able to support you, will believe you and will take your reports seriously.”
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