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Crawley man gets 14 years for child sex offences

A Crawley man has been sentenced to 14 years in jail after pleading guilty to 17 child related sex offences against a girl under 13.

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James Tower, 30, Crawley, began to abuse the girl in 2016, and the abuse continued until the victim’s mother became suspicious in June 2018, and challenged him.

Officers from Sussex Police promptly arrested Tower and, following a complex investigation, he was charged with sexual offences against a child, including assault by touching.

He admitted the offences in court and was sentenced at Lewes Crown Court on Monday 26th November to 14 years in prison.

Detective Constable Jake Dallaway, of Sussex Police’s Safeguarding Investigation Unit, who led the investigation, said:

“Tower subjected his victim to several years of abuse, ruining her childhood for the sake of his own gratification.

“I hope the sentence will provide some closure to the victim and her family, and I hope, with the appropriate support, they can move on from this horrific abuse.

“I’d like to commend the victim and her mother for their bravery in coming forward and the support they have given us throughout what has been a very difficult time for them.

“I also hope that this outcome gives other people who have been or are suffering similar abuse the confidence to come forward.

You can read our advice on how to do this here.”

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Crawley man jailed for over 4 years after racist and homophobic abuse at Brighton Pride revellers

A man who hurled racist and homophobic abuse at revellers heading to Brighton Pride has been jailed for more than four years.

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Ryan Brown was heading to Pride himself when he threatened to ‘knock a woman out’ and shouted racist and homophobic terms at train passengers.

The incident happened shortly after 5pm on Saturday 5 August 2017.

The 31-year-old from Hastings Road in Crawley, West Sussex, resisted arrest at Brighton and had to be restrained by BTP officers.

In his pocket he had a large number of small bags containing MDMA.

He was found guilty of possessing class A drugs with intent to supply and causing fear of violence through racially charged and homophobic language.

Brown was also sentenced at the same time for a separate matter which included affray, criminal damage, and assault with intent to resist arrest which he pleaded guilty to in December 2018.

He was jailed for four years and six months at Hove Crown Court on Thursday 10 January.

British Transport Police DC Imogen Sweeney said:

“I would like to thank the victim in this case. She was subjected to a frightening ordeal by Brown, receiving homophobic abuse and witnessing racist abuse. 

“She has remained determined to pursue justice throughout this investigation and I have nothing but admiration and praise for her strength.

“Brighton Pride celebrates diversity and equality, values that Brown clearly needs education in. I believe this sentence reflects the seriousness and particularly nasty nature of his offending on that day.”

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