Earby man jailed for child sex crimes

Darren Calvert (S)

Darren Calvert (S)

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An Earby man was jailed for nine years at Burnley Crown Court for sexually abusing two children.

Darren Calvert (37) committed the offences between December 1999 and May this year. He was given a sexual offences prevention order indefinitely and signed the sex offenders’ register.

Calvert, of Wentcliffe Drive, Earby, who had no previous convictions or cautions, kissed the victims, touched them indecently and committed sex acts after Burnley Crown Court heard he “caved in to certain urges”.

On one occasion, Calvert had watched porn with the child which included distressing rape scenes.

Calvert pleaded guilty to 13 counts in total in August, four against one victim, three of which were indecent assault and the other of indecency with a child.

The other nine counts against the second victim included sexual activity with a child, causing or inciting a child into sexual activity and causing a child to watch sexual activity.

Sarah Statham (prosecuting) told the court both victims had tried to block the abuse out of their minds.

Miss Statham said how one victim tried to stop him while the other recalled “feeling uncomfortable” but said they “felt better” now knowing he couldn’t do it to anybody else.

Miss Statham said Calvert had given detailed accounts to the police in interviews over two days after he confessed.

Richard Taylor (defending) said Calvert was “anxious” he received treatment. He said Calvert accepte he would receive a custodial sentence and would co-operate fully with all treatment courses suggested.