Swindon man sentenced for sex offences

A Swindon man who carried out a total of 15 sex offences on two young girls over a period of two decades has been sentenced to 10 years and two months.

Eric Pyle, aged 61, from Stansfield Close, Toothill, carried out the first offences on one child between 1990 and 1993 and the second offences on the other child between 2008 and 2010.

Pyle was sentenced at Swindon Crown Court after pleading guilty to 12 sex offences against children and three counts of making indecent images of children.

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Det Con Nicola Ainsley said:  “We welcome this sentencing, as it reflects the seriousness of these offences and the impact they have  had on the children involved.

“I’d like to thank each of the victims for their bravery in coming forward and recounting what is obviously a very distressing and traumatic time in their lives.

“Although nothing will erase the awful memories and the long lasting affects Pyle’s abuse has no doubt had on his victims, I hope it gives them some form of closure and enables them to move on with their lives knowing justice has been done.

“I would like to take this opportunity to encourage anyone who may have been a victim of sex abuse, regardless of how much time has passed, to report it to police.

“We will investigate, provide you with the full support you need, and do all that we can to bring to justice offenders like Pyle.”

Please contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Victims can also seek support and counselling from the Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) based at the New Swindon Sanctuary – they can be contacted on the 24-hour helpline 0808 168 0024.