Prison sentence for indecent assaults against teenage boys in Lancing


A man who indecently assaulted two 13 year old boys in Lancing has had his suspended prison sentence quashed and has been jailed for four years.

Darrell Kent (34) was convicted after a trial at Lewes Crown Court in February 2017 of a total of six charges, five of indecently assaulting males between 2000 and 2002 and one of indecency with a child between 2001 and 2002.

In April 2017, he was sentenced to two years imprisonment, suspended for two years. He was also ordered to undertake 200 hours of unpaid work, given a tagged curfew from 8:00pm – 6:00pm for six months and a supervision order for two years. 

The Crown Prosecution Service referred the case to the Attorney General’s office on the grounds that the sentence was unduly lenient. With the consent of the Attorney General’s office, the case was then heard by the Court of Appeal, which substituted a four year prison term in its place.

Lorna Lee from the CPS said: "It was the view of the CPS that the original sentence in this case was unduly lenient for a number of reasons.

"The defendant held a position of trust, which he breached repeatedly, essentially grooming his victims, who were afraid and did not know what to do or in whom to confide. Over time, they became compliant with what Kent’s actions, which escalated to more serious sexual assaults. As one of his victims put it, the defendant was essentially "testing boundaries" with him.

"It was clear from the evidence the victims gave and their impact statements how this had affected them and the anguish it had caused them.

"Kent made no admission of guilt, instead forcing his victims to give evidence and in his defence, called a number of witnesses to say he could not have committed the crimes he was later found guilty of, in essence accusing his victims of lying.

"He showed no remorse or acceptance for what he had done and now his victims know that he has been imprisoned for the crimes he committed against them."



Notes to Editors:

Lorna is a lawyer in the CPS South East’s dedicated Rape and Serious Sexual Offences team. You can read more about their work on the CPS South East website.