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Showing 1 - 10 of 17 results for crime type "Sexual offences" & area "South East"

32-year prison sentence over care home sexual abuse in West Sussex

The manager of a former children's home in West Sussex has been jailed for 32 years, after being convicted of a series of non-recent sexual offences.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , South East News

Rapist with 'gangland links' jailed for 18 years

A man who claimed to have gangland links and used these to threaten his victims has been sentenced to 18 years' imprisonment, after being convicted of a series of rapes and indecent assaults.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , South East News

Former preparatory school teacher jailed for non-recent sexual offences

A former teacher at a leading preparatory school near East Grinstead has been sentenced to a total of six years, after being convicted of non-recent sexual offences against former pupils.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , South East News

Former Christ’s Hospital School teacher jailed for indecent assaults

Former teacher at a private school sentenced to a total of 10 years’ imprisonment for non-recent indecent assaults on female pupils.


Sexual offence convictions against two former Christ’s Hospital School teachers

Two former teachers at Christ’s Hospital School in Sussex have been convicted of non-recent sexual offences against past pupils at the school.


Former Brighton man convicted of deliberately infecting sexual partners with HIV

A man who deliberately infected at least five sexual partners with HIV has been convicted of causing grievous bodily harm.

| News Item , Sexual offences , South East News

South East top lawyer joins new commission on domestic and sexual violence

CPS South East's Chief Crown Prosecutor has joined a new commission looking at domestic and sexual violence.

| News Item , Domestic abuse, Sexual offences , South East News

Trio found guilty of trafficking women into UK for prostitution

Three people have been found guilty following a long-running investigation into the trafficking of vulnerable women for prostitution.

| News Item , Sexual offences, International and organised crime , South East News

Prison sentence for child sex doll importation

A man has been sentenced to a total of 16 months imprisonment, after pleading guilty to importing a child sex doll in one of the first cases of its kind in the country.

| News Item , Sexual offences, Cyber / online crime , South East News

Man convicted of sex assaults on teenage girls in Brighton and Newhaven

A young man has been convicted of systematically sexually exploiting and assaulting teenage girls in Brighton and Newhaven.

| News Item , Sexual offences , South East News

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