March 2018

Man sentenced for sexual offences against girl

A Fishponds man has been jailed for more than six years after he enticed a teenage girl into taking part in sex acts

Already convicted paedophile John Mack aka McBurney has been sentenced to a total of 12 years and eight months for child sexual offences.

The 51-year-old of Filwood Road, Fishponds, was sentenced at Bristol Crown Court for six counts of enticing a teenage girl to engage in sexual activity and one count of breaching of a his Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO).

He had previously pleaded guilty on 7 February at Bristol Crown Court.

He was sentenced to six years and eight months in jail, as well as being handed an extended six-year licence.

August 2013

Registered Bristol sex offender met girl, 14, for kisses

A REGISTERED sex offender from Fishponds who “groomed” a child online before meeting her for hugs and kisses has been jailed for 18 months.

John McBurney chatted to the child – who lived outside Bristol – on Twitter about the television programme Deal Or No Deal.

After they learned that he was 46 and she was 14 they flirted and swapped intimate photos of themselves, Bristol Crown Court heard.

McBurney was arrested after police were informed he had downloaded child-abuse photos. Further investigations established his improper relationship with the girl.

McBurney, 46, of Martin Court, pleaded guilty to two charges of meeting a child following sexual grooming, two charges of having sexual activity with a child and two charges of possessing indecent photographs of a child.

The Recorder of Bristol, His Honour Judge Neil Ford QC, told him: “Your pre-sentence report says you have a developed capacity to manipulate under-age girls for your sexual gratification. You are deemed as medium risk of causing serious harm.”

McBurney was made the subject of an indefinite Sexual Offences Prevention Order, banning him from unsupervised contact with youngsters.

He was barred from working with children and told to reregister as a sex offender for ten years.

Richard Posner, prosecuting, said in March 2009 McBurney was convicted of 23 offences of distributing and making indecent images of children. The court heard he had engaged in an internet chat with an undercover policeman via MSN and sent pictures of young teenage girls. Police who swooped on him found he had a large number of indecent images.He was jailed for six months.

Mr Posner said in August last year McBurney struck up an online relationship with the 14-year-old girl. During the relationship police investigated McBurney for downloading child-abuse images, and inquiries led to the girl. In the meantime he visited her seven times, the court heard.

Mr Posner said: “During these visits the extent of any sexual contact both defendant and victim say occurred was that they had kissed and cuddled on walks or in his car near where she lived. He had bought her gifts, a signed photo from Deal Or No Deal, a key ring with a bear on it and one of his hooded tops. On her own admission (the child) believes she had fallen in love with the defendant.”

Police found the paedophile had bombarded the child with text messages, on one day sending 40 in four hours, the court was told.

A friend of the child told her teacher what she knew about the “older man”. When the victim was spoken to she said she had kept quiet because she had not wanted to be judged for the friendship. Police from the girl’s area linked up with police in Bristol and the spotlight fell on McBurney.

McBurney expressed “genuine regret” for what he had done.

April 2009

Bristol man jailed for child abuse images haul

A married Bristol man who tricked a teenage girl into letting him see her topless over her webcam and then distributed the picture has been jailed for six months.

John McBurney had boasted that he liked seeing younger girls in an email to an undercover officer before sending him the picture of the 14-year-old girl.

McBurney, 42, of Marina Gardens, Fishponds was then arrested and police found 3,681 indecent images of children on his home computers.

In a police interview, he admitted he used internet chat rooms to fantasize about children.

The shift worker said he had trouble sleeping and browsed the internet for lewd images.

He pleaded guilty to two charges of making indecent images of children and 21 charges of distributing indecent images of children and was jailed for six months.

He was also disqualified from working with children and was placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register for seven years.

James Ward, prosecuting, told the court how McBurney was arrested after he told a police officer using a chat room on the evening of December 8, 2007 that he had “fooled” a 14-year-old girl into flashing her breasts at him over her webcam.

He told the officer: “She thinks I am someone else. I like seeing younger girls.”

Officers then went to the defendant’s home and seized three computers containing 3,681 indecent images of children.

The court heard that McBurney told police he had been having marital problems after having an affair with an 18-year-old girl who was 17 when he started seeing her and who had sent him webcam movies of herself.

Mr Ward said: “He admitted he used internet chat rooms to talk about the sexual abuse of children but said it was fantasy. He denied having any sexual interest in children and accepted he was the person responsible for the images.”

Robert Morgan-Jones, defending, said his client was a hard-working family man but had a second life described as a “fantasy lifestyle.”

He said that was as a result of marital difficulties and shift work that left him unable to sleep and browsing the internet. Mr Morgan-Jones said the defendant accepted that he needed help.

Jailing McBurney, Judge James Tabor QC said: “You possessed a lot of photographs, some which were mildly offensive and many, sadly, which were outrageous.

“The principal reason the courts punish these things is that it’s because of people such as yourself looking at these images that they are made and children suffer as a result.

“There’s another side as well that’s very unattractive in this case and that is that you conned a girl into bearing her top half to you and you took a photo of her, all be it through the internet, and you distributed it and you distributed others as well.”