Paedophile police officer Daniel Bryant brought to book FORTY years after abusing boys
He now faces jail after admitting abusing a string of boys in the 1960s, 70s and 80s – the Sunday People can exclusively reveal
A paedophile policeman has been brought to justice FORTY years after he first began abusing boys.
Outwardly respectable, Daniel Bryant served as a constable over three decades and was honoured for his youth work – but led a secret double life as a predatory pervert.
The married dad-of-two now faces jail after admitting abusing a string of boys in the 1960s, 70s and 80s.
But one of his victims, who reported the abuse to police 25 years ago, is calling for an independent inquiry over why it took so long for Bryant to be brought to book.
Russel Dawson was preyed on by the corrupt cop when he was just 13 and fears more lads may have been abused as trusted Bryant was left free to work with youngsters until last year.
Bravely waiving his right to anonymity, Russel, now 45, told the Sunday People of the first time Bryant, 65, assaulted him.
He said: “I woke up and he was sexually abusing me. I pretended to be asleep, too frightened to move. The following morning, Danny said nothing.
“He abused me many other times. No one talked about things like that back then and I didn’t dare tell anyone.
“Everyone looked up to him, children and adults, so no one would believe me.”
Courageous Russel first reported Bryant in 1987 but was told the allegations were uncorroborated, even though a second lad had also alleged abuse.
Bryant continued as a PC in Devon and Cornwall Police’s juvenile bureau for another five years until he was suspended when a third victim came forward in 1993.
Just a year later, aged 44, he retired on a medical pension on the grounds of ill health. He avoided prosecution until this year when he was finally charged.
On leaving the force Bryant became a leading figure in a club for the competitive sport of surf lifesaving, where he worked with many more children.
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