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Man jailed for child abuse offences

News   •   Jun 22, 2020 07:30 BST

[Jailed: Roger Vye]

A man has been jailed for child abuse offences in London and Kent.

Roger Vye, 55 (19.10.64) of Odsey, Hertfordshire, formerly of Dover in Kent, was sentenced at Woolwich Crown Court on Friday, 19 June after previously pleading guilty to the following offences on Wednesday, 8 January at Inner London Crown Court:

- The attempted rape of a child under the age of 13;
- Two counts of assault of child under 13 by penetration;
- Sexual assault of a child under 13;
- Arranging or facilitating the commission of child sex offence;
- Distributing indecent photographs of child/children;
- Making indecent photographs of children;
- Possessing extreme pornographic images;
- Possessing prohibited images of children.

He was sentenced to 16 years’ imprisonment, with a further five years on extended licence.

Vye has been issued with a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) which includes preventing him associating with any child under the age of 18 and he will be subject to Sex Offender Registration for life.

Vye was arrested on 22 October 2019 at a location in London having arranged to sexually abuse a young child. A subsequent search was conducted at an address in Odsey, Hertfordshire and electronic devices were seized and submitted for forensic analysis. The analysis confirmed the presence of a large collection of indecent images of children and also confirmed that Vye had a long standing interest in the sexual abuse of children. Vye had distributed some of these images to other offenders online. 

Also recovered was evidence linking Vye to the historic sexual abuse of a child who had been subjected to a prolonged period of abuse which occurred in 2009 and 2010 in the Kent area.

Detective Constable Jonathan Booty, of the Met’s Online Child Abuse and Exploitation team, said: "Firstly I would like to thank the victim for speaking with us, and their bravery and fortitude shown throughout. Roger Vye is a dangerous and repugnant individual who will now face a significant period away from the general public. 

“Vye used social media to enable him to obtain thrills, discussing with other people around the world the horrific abuse of children. He was also partaking in the abuse and was clearly an active offender. The Met will continue to relentlessly pursue online offenders. 

"Vye may have more victims, and I would urge any other potential victims to come forward and contact police as soon as possible.’’

Anyone with information of a potential victim is asked to contact DC Jonathan Booty via 101. Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously via 0800 555 111.

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