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Prolific sex predator who ordered a woman to sexually abuse a seven-year-old girl in a sickening string of offences is jailed for 24 years | #childpredator | #kidsaftey | #childsaftey


  • Anthony Burns told he had caused immense distress throughout his offending



A prolific online sex blackmailer has been jailed for 24 years for a sickening string of offences against a seven-year-old girl and dozens of women using dating and sugar daddy websites.

Anthony Burns was told that he had caused immense distress throughout his offending, which included two offences jointly committed with online predator Abdul Elahi, who received a 32-year sentence in 2021.

Convicted child sex offender Burns, whose was sentenced for sexual grooming in 2010 and inciting child prostitution in 2013, admitted or was found guilty of 43 offences committed between 2018 and 2021.

The 39-year-old sat with his head bowed in the dock as Judge Sarah Buckingham said the offences of blackmail, malicious communications, making indecent images of children, possessing extreme pornography and causing sexual activity with a child showed he was a dangerous offender.

Burns had shown no remorse despite directing a woman in the United States to perform sex acts, before the woman was ordered to sexually abuse a seven-year-old girl as he recorded a 25-minute video, the judge said. 

Anthony Burns (pictured) was told that he had caused immense distress throughout his offending

She told Burns, some of whose victims in the UK, US and Australia had self-harmed or attempted to take their own lives: ‘Your offending took place over a two-and-a-half-year period.

‘You did not care about the anguish you caused and had complete disregard for your victims’ suffering.’

Burns, originally from Lowestoft in Suffolk, had displayed ‘depravity and callousness’ throughout his offending, the judge said, telling him: ‘You needed no encouragement (from Elahi).

‘You were no junior partner – you encouraged him. You were someone who held no respect for any court orders intended to restrict your activities.’

No one who heard the victims impact statement in the case could have failed to have been moved, the judge said.

The judge added: ‘You were arrested three times and interviewed five times. After you had been released on bail and later on court bail you continued to offend.’

Burns was told he was someone who was ‘arrogant with a deep-seated cruel streak’ and had caused ‘immense harm and distress’.

The judge said one offence in which Burns posed as a National Crime Agency investigator to torment the mother of one of Elahi’s victims had been particularly unpleasant.

‘You raised her hopes that images of her daughter might be able to be traced and destroyed, and then you cruelly dashed them,’ the judge said.

None of the victims can be identified because of a court order.

Elahi, from Sparkhill, Birmingham, admitted 158 charges committed against 72 complainants, after also using dating and other websites to target victims.

Investigators believe Elahi, who posed as a modelling agent or businessman, targeted around 2,000 victims globally, also blackmailing women after tricking them into sending him sexual material online.

Abdul Elahi, from Sparkhill, Birmingham, (pictured) admitted 158 charges committed against 72 complainants, after also using dating and other websites to target victims

Addressing Birmingham Crown Court on Thursday, prosecutor Kate Temple-Mabe said Burns’ 2010 conviction involved sexual grooming of a 14-year-old schoolgirl when he was aged 25.

Judge Buckingham also ordered the confiscation of devices seized from Burns during an investigation by the National Crime Agency.

Offering mitigation, defence barrister Hugh Forgan said Burns, who was addicted to pornography, had experienced traumatic events earlier in his life, including the death of a partner in a car crash.

Seeking to distinguish Burns’ offending from that of Elahi, Mr Forgan said: ‘These images (obtained by blackmail by Burns) were not being sold on or distributed.

‘It wasn’t a business, no matter how distressing or depraved.’

Commenting after the sentencing, National Crime Agency operations manager Robert Slater described Burns, also known as Danny, as ‘a revolting sexual offender’.

Mr Slater said: ‘My first thoughts go out to his victims, many of whom showed immense courage by providing vital evidence to secure his conviction.

‘The control he sought over them, some of whom were young children, was sinister, manipulative and heartless.’

In a message to anyone who falls victim to similar crimes, Mr Slater added: ‘Anyone being pressured or threatened into sending sexual images or videos online should try to remove themselves immediately from the conversation, not respond further to any contact, and report the matter to police.

‘You are not alone, you are not to blame and help is always available.’

One of the many women targeted by blackmailer Anthony Burns waived her anonymity after he was jailed for 24 years, telling how he used a false photo and identity to repeatedly message her online.

Sophie Goodall said Burns, 39, transferred their conversation from a dating site to WhatsApp, where he became ‘a lot more belligerent and overtly sexual’ before sending her screenshots of her and her parents’ Facebook accounts.

‘I hadn’t shared anything with him,’ she said in an interview organised through the National Crime Agency, which brought Burns to justice.

Addressing Birmingham Crown Court on Thursday, prosecutor Kate Temple-Mabe said Burns’ 2010 conviction involved sexual grooming of a 14-year-old schoolgirl when he was aged 25 (File Photo)

Ms Goodall, who was starting her own business, said she feared Burns, from Lowestoft in Suffolk, would be able to obtain details of her home address.

‘So I was absolutely terrified,’ she said. ‘And he kept coming back on different numbers. He started sending me very sexual, really disgusting imagery.

‘So then I called the police.’

The complainant, who was the subject of one of several malicious communications offences admitted by Burns, added: ‘It’s very invasive and it was quite scary.

‘It wasn’t like it was taking hours between each one (online message). It was five minutes, three minutes, and he was just constantly there, constantly coming up and constantly archiving, constantly screenshotting everything.

‘It was like a barrage of all these different people who were all him just saying the same thing, sending me disgusting messages, disgusting photos, and wouldn’t leave me alone.’

Asked what she thought the man who was messaging her was capable of, Ms Goodall said: ‘I was really terrified that he was going to murder me.

‘I was really scared that he would turn up at my house. The way that he framed his messaging and the imagery that he expected me to reciprocate … was so alarming.

‘I was in my home where I should feel safe and I should feel protected and on a device where I should have control over everything.

‘And for that to be violated and for you to feel really violated, even though you did nothing … is quite terrifying.’



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