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Posted on Tuesday 23 November 2021
James Vayro

“If you are suffering sexual abuse, please know that you are not alone - there are people who can help you and ensure you get the justice you deserve.” 

That is our message to survivors of sexual abuse, after a police investigation led to an abuser being jailed for 20 years.   

James Vayro regularly forced a young girl to perform sex acts on him in return for gifts and rewards. 

His offending, which spanned several years, came to light when the youngster bravely spoke out about the abuse she had suffered at the hands of the 33-year-old, and a police investigation was launched. 

Vayro, of Orchard Way, Gainford, Darlington, was charged with several rapes and sexual assaults. He denied the offences but was found guilty following a seven-day crown court trial. 

Sentencing Vayro to 20 years in prison, Judge Timothy Stead praised the girl for her bravery and composure throughout the court process. 

In a victim impact statement, she said: “The things Vayro did to me have affected me greatly and I am now so guarded and struggle to trust anyone around me. But I am now working on myself, trying to get better and be a better person moving forward. 

“Finally, I have justice. I am free of Vayro, he will no longer be in my life and I can now look forward to the future. Thank you.”

Detective Constable Pat Finn, from Durham Constabulary, led the investigation. He said: “Vayro is a dangerous man who has used his victim purely for his own sexual gratification, with no regard whatsoever for her wellbeing or for the enduring psychological trauma he has caused. 

“She has shown immense courage in coming forward and facing her abuser, who forced her to relive her ordeal during a seven-day crown court trial. 

“I hope that today’s sentence brings her some sense of closure, and that she can now begin the process of rebuilding her life, safe in the knowledge that he cannot harm her anymore.

“Anyone who is suffering sexual abuse, please know that you are not alone and there are people who can help you. 

“Please, come forward and speak to us – no matter who the perpetrator is, or when the abuse took place, our specially trained officers are here to help you and ensure you get the justice you deserve. 

“Either call us on 101 or dial 999 if you are in immediate danger.”

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