30/06/2009

Children's Charity Boss In Court Over Child Porn

The boss of a children's charity in Liverpool has appeared in court charged with possessing child pornography.

Matthew Byrne, 37, of Tollemache Street, Wallasey, appeared before Birkenhead Magistrates Court after his home was raided last week.

He also faces charges of false imprisonment, sexual assault and two counts of assault.

Byrne, the director of city centre-based Young person's Advisory Service (YPAS) will next appear before Liverpool Crown Court on 16 July.

Police are continuing to search his house, which they raided at around 1.30pm on Friday. They spent the weekend searching the property.

He was initially arrested following an investigation by officers from British Transport Police, but it was handed over to Greater Manchester Police.

(JM/BMcc)

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