A police officer investigating the crimes of Leighton Buzzard paedopile Barry Warren said it was one of the hardest enquiries he had managed.
As the 63 year old architect started a 24 year jail sentence detective constable Matthew Smees said Warren had abused a position of trust to committ sex assaults on children going back 20 years.
“I have been a police officer for 11 years and this investigation has been one of the hardest inquiries that I have managed,” he said.
“Warren used his influence to groom vulnerable children before carrying out horrific sexual assaults of the worst kind.
“He had worked in various roles within the community including youth football teams, drama and religious groups. He put himself in positions of trust, where parents believed their children were being looked after and kept safe.”
Warren, previously of Himley Green, Leighton Buzzard, was convicted last week of rape, sexual assaults, voyerism and taking indecent photographs, all of his victims were children.
“I would urge anyone who has been affected by Warren’s behaviour to contact the Bedfordshire Police Public Protection Team on 101 for help and support,” said DC Smees.