Man pleads guilty to child sex assault

York Crown Court
York Crown Court

A SCARBOROUGH man has admitted sexually assaulting a young child.

Duncan James Byrne, 34, of North Marine Road pleaded guilty to three charges of sexual assault.

He appeared before York Crown Court, where he was due to stand trial having previously denied the charges.

However he changed his pleas at the last minute, admitting all three charges.

The court heard the assaults were all said to have taken place earlier this year.

Byrne was also originally faced with a charge of raping the child, which he had pleaded not guilty to.

However, following his admissions to the other charges it was agreed that the prosecution would not proceed on that charge.

A similar decision was taken by Sarah Mallett, prosecuting, on a second set of charges relating to five cases of taking indecent photographs.

Ruth Cranidge, defending, asked the court to sentence Byrne during the hearing on Wednesday.

However the judge decided that, although he believes a prison sentence is inevitable, a pre-sentence report is needed not just to access the length of the sentence, but to what degree a sentence for public protection may be required.

The case was adjourned until November 11 to allow for the report to be carried out.