Librarian convicted of sharing explicit messages with girl, 15, posing as boy named ‘Gary Barlow’

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Librarian who used the computer at work to access the 15-year-old girl’s contact information and then shared explicit messages with her while posing as a boy named ‘Gary Barlow’ in jail for three years

  • Glyn Viney, 43, from Newport, Isle of Wight, posed online as a 16-year-old boy
  • Used name ‘Gary Barlow’ to engage in sexual communication with a 15 year old
  • Claimed to have had similar communication with other children as early as 13 years old
  • Imprisoned for more than three years and placed on the Sex Offenders Register for an indefinite period

A librarian has been jailed after using his job to access a child’s contact information and sending her explicit messages online posing as a 16-year-old boy named ‘Gary Barlow’.

Glyn Viney, 43, used a fake Snapchat account to engage in sexual communication with the 15-year-old girl after seeing her in the library and using the database to find her.

A court heard that the pervert also had similar communication with other children – believed to be only 13 years old.

Now Viney, who worked in a library in Newport, Isle of Wight, is in prison for three years and four months.

Isle of Wight Crown Court prosecutor Daniel Sawyer said Viney reached out to his 15-year-old victim online while posing as a teenager who shared the same name as Take That star Gary Barlow.

Glyn Viney, 43, (pictured) used a fake Snapchat account and went by the name Gary Barlow to engage in sexual communication with the 15-year-old girl

Glyn Viney, 43, (pictured) used a fake Snapchat account and went by the name Gary Barlow to engage in sexual communication with the 15-year-old girl

Conversations between the couple quickly turned sexual, with Viney asking the girl for sexual images and to perform sexual acts on herself.

The court also heard that during conversations there was ‘sexual satisfaction’ in the context of ‘pain’ of the victim.

The victim eventually reported the matter to her foster carer, who then contacted the police.

Viney, who was married but divorced from his wife, was arrested in August 2019.

A Snapchat account and screen recorder app, Mobizen, was found on his cell phone.

Mr Sawyer said the posts contained demands for videos and added that the victim had “disclosed her vulnerabilities” to Viney.

Viney was sentenced to three years and four months and placed indefinitely on the sex offender register at the Isle of Wight Crown Court (pictured)

Viney was sentenced to three years and four months and placed indefinitely on the sex offender register at the Isle of Wight Crown Court (pictured)

Viney was sentenced to three years and four months and placed indefinitely on the sex offender register at the Isle of Wight Crown Court (pictured)

Similar conversations with different profiles were also found on the phone, with one victim appearing to be only 13 years old. The police were unable to locate the victims.

Viney admitted that in three cases they induced or induced a child to engage in sexual activity and twice that they attempted to induce a child to engage in sexual activity.

He blamed his behavior on a “nervous breakdown” which the chairman, recorder Anna Midgley, said was “a sign of his shame.”

He added that he knew he would go to prison and not see himself as a victim.

Recorder Midgley imprisoned him for three years and four months, placed him on the sex offender registry indefinitely, and subjected him to a sexual injury prevention order for ten years.

He was also ordered to pay a victim allowance of £ 181.

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