Head of children's charity jailed for sex offences

Matthew Byrne of the Young Person's Advisory Service in Liverpool is given an indefinite sentence

The former director of the Young Person's Advisory Service, a children's charity based in Liverpool, has been given an indefinite jail sentence for carrying out sex attacks on prostitutes.

Matthew Byrne, 38, of Tollemache Street in the Wirral, admitted five counts of sexual assault on women and several counts of possession of indecent images of children, involving 9,000 images, at Liverpool Crown Court last month.

When he was sentenced this week, he was told he would serve at least three-and-a-half years before being eligible for parole, but that he would not be released until he was no longer a danger to the public.

The YPAS said in a statement on its website that as soon as the criminal investigation came to light, Byrne was suspended and ultimately dismissed.

It said both the Charity Commission and independent auditors had inspected its policies and practice for safeguarding children and found that there were no areas of concern.

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