A man from Halifax has been sentenced to ten and a half years in prison after being found guilty of multiple sexual offences against nine children.

Alex Honour, 25, residing on Lentilfield Street, Ovenden, received his sentence at Bradford Crown Court on Friday, November 10. The charges included rape of a child, sexual activity with a child, and inciting a child into sexual activity.

These offences occurred between 2014 and 2019 and involved nine victims, all under the age of 18 at the time. The crimes came to light in 2019 when one victim approached the police to report the offences, leading to an investigation by the Calderdale Child Vulnerability Exploitation Team.

The 2019 report was linked to a previous offence reported in 2017, with Honour identified as the suspect on both occasions. As the investigation progressed, detectives uncovered additional victims who disclosed further offences. In total, nine victims were identified.

Honour was arrested in October 2020 and subsequently charged with a total of 35 offences in April 2022. Despite admitting to some offences, he was found guilty of additional charges by a jury at Bradford Crown Court following a 13-day trial in August, amounting to 29 convictions in total.

During his sentencing on Friday, Honour was handed a 10 and a half-year prison term and a four-year extended licence period. Additionally, he received an indefinite restraining order prohibiting contact with the victims, and a further Sexual Harm Prevention Order was imposed.

Investigating officer, DC Jason Raine of Calderdale District Police said:

“I would first like to praise the bravery of the young girls for coming forward and disclosing Honour’s offending. They were put through the daunting experience of a criminal trial and have showed so much courage and dignity throughout.

I welcome the sentence that has been handed down to Honour for his horrendous crimes. He is a dangerous offender and his actions and behaviour towards vulnerable girls is abhorrent.

“I would also encourage anyone who may have been a victim of any sexual offence, whether it be recent or non-recent to come forward and speak to the police. You will be listened to and supported by specially trained officers throughout and also be referred to further help and support if needed. We will do all we can to secure justice for any victim.”

Commenting on the investigation, Detective Inspector, Clare Turner of Calderdale District Police added; “The tenacity of DC Raine was evident throughout the investigation, and this was shown in court when he was commended by Judge Rose for the standard of his investigation.

“DC Raine worked tirelessly to bring a case forward to CPS to seek justice for these young girls.”