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Crawley man back in prison over more child sex offences

Barry Millard, a Crawley man who has already served a sentence for sex offences against a young boy in the 1970s has now been sent to prison again for a similar offence against another boy during the same period.

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Millard, now 71, of Horsham Road, Crawley, was given a 22-month sentence at Hove Crown Court on 26 November after admitting indecently assaulting a then 13-year-old boy during a camping trip to Ditchling Beacon in 1974.

The boy went alone on the trip with Millard who said he ran the ‘Crawley Mountaineering Club’ of which no independent record has ever been found. The offending happened when they stayed overnight in a tent.

The victim said nothing to anyone about this distressing experience for more than 40 years, but when he saw press coverage of Millard’s February 2017 three-year prison sentence for indecent assaults on another boy in his late teens in Crawley between 1977 and 1979, he felt encouraged to come forward and seek justice.

Millard is already a registered sex offender for life, and subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) severely restricting his access to young boy until further notice, and those requirement stay in place after his latest sentence.

Police Investigator Lucy Hailes said;

“We will always follow up and investigate reports of this nature, no matter how long ago the events are said to have happened.

“If you have been the victim of any kind of sexual abuse do not suffer in silence. You can contact us on 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101, and arrange to talk in confidence to experienced investigators.

We can also arrange access to further sources of support and advice.”

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Former Surrey man who now resides in Crawley sentenced for online offences

A 28-year-old man has been given a suspended sentence for inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

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Adam O’Sullivan, of Hunter Road, Crawley, O’Sullivan believed he was talking to a 14-year-old girl but was actually speaking to an investigating officer posing as a teenage girl on Kik messenger.

In May 2016 while living in Weybridge, O’Sullivan used the messaging app to entice the 14-year-old girl he thought he was speaking to, to send indecent images of herself to him. He also sent indecent images of himself.

During their conversation he knew the user was underage but continued to request for various indecent images, they even discussed meeting up.

He was also in various online groups that were sharing indecent videos and images of children.

O’Sullivan was charged with attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity and three counts of making indecent images of a child in July 2018. He initially pleaded not guilty to all charges at Guildford Crown Court but changed his plea to guilty just before trial in February. He was sentenced today (18 March), to 22 weeks in custody, suspended for 18 months.

O’Sullivan was also given a seven-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

DC Rene Murdoch said:

“Thankfully O’Sullivan was talking to the police instead of an innocent child and no one was hurt.

“Due to our undercover work we were able to identify an offender, and he will now be prevented from having contact with young persons and restrictions in place around his use of computers and the internet.

“We work tirelessly in Surrey to keep people safe from sexual offenders who pose a risk to children. Some of this work isn’t always visible but rest assured it goes on.”

Surrey Polices top tips:

We strongly advise to turn privacy settings on your social media accounts on to prevent messages and requests from strangers.

Do not accept requests from someone you don’t know.

Never give your personal details or send images of yourself to someone online.

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