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Barry man jailed for eight years for child sexual offences

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A man from Barry has been jailed for eight years for sexual offences against children.

Lyndon Matthews, 35, was sentenced at Newport Crown Court yesterday. He pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual activity with a girl under the age of 16 and one count of sexual assault on a girl under 13 by touching.

The charges relate to two children.

One count relates to an assault on a child in 2018. Two of the counts relate to assaults on a child between 2009 and 2010.

Police said Matthews has been ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register for life.

The officer in the case, Detective Sergeant Clare Banks, said she hopes knowing Matthews is now behind bars will "give some comfort and closure" to the survivors.

This result is a testament to the courage of the victims in speaking out and supporting this prosecution...

Their bravery and determination has resulted in a manipulative and dangerous individual being held to account for his despicable actions.

Officers in the specialist child abuse investigation unit covering Bridgend and the Vale of Glamorgan will continue to work tirelessly to protect children and bring perpetrators of child abuse to justice.

I hope this sentencing sends a message to anyone else who has suffered, or is currently suffering abuse, that they can come forward and any allegations will be taken seriously.

I cannot imagine how difficult it must be to come forward to report such appalling crimes but I want to reassure anyone considering doing so that there is a whole range of support out there, not only from the police but from partner agencies who can help you through the entire process.

– Detective Sergeant Clare Banks