Jail for driving instructor who published abuse images online

A DRIVING instructor who systematically abused two boys and then posted images of the offences on the internet has been jailed for six years.

Sentencing Darryl Clark at Bradford Crown Court yesterday, Judge John Potter said it was a sinister aspect of the abuse that he made the images for his own sexual gratification.

“To make matters worse you distributed some of this material to others on the internet,” he told Clark.

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“Your victims may never fully get over what you have done to them and may have to endure the horrors inflicted by you upon them for the foreseeable future,” he said.

“I fully accept that there is very little I can say to your victims and those that have properly cared for them over their young lives that will lessen their understandable feelings of revulsion towards you.”

Nicholas Lumley, prosecuting, told the court that the 48-year-old admitted to police officers during interviews in April that he had always had an interest in boys and after recording some of the incidents he had used the internet to find others who shared his interest.

In his victim personal statement one of the victims said he was terrified about the public finding out on the internet what had happened to him at the hands of his molester.

The second complainant’s behaviour was said to have deteriorated over the last year.

“He has withdrawn into himself and doesn’t want to talk about what happened,” Mr Lumley told the court.

Clark, of Hawes Crescent, Little Horton, Bradford, had admitted at an earlier hearing a series of offences including indecent assault, sexual activity with a child, oral rape and making indecent images of children.

In addition to the jail term he also has to register as a sex offenders with the police and is banned from working with children.

Alistair Bateman, representing Clark, said he had expressed genuine remorse for the damage he had done and hoped that those affected may be able to move on with their lives.