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

Man convicted of raping complete stranger in Hastings

A man has been convicted of the rape of a complete stranger he met in Hastings town centre on a night out. 

| Press Release , Sexual offences , South East News

Police sergeant sentenced to two years in prison over sexual assault in the sea

A Metropolitan Police sergeant has been sentenced to two years in prison after sexually assaulting a woman in the sea off Brighton seafront on his stag night.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , South East News

New approach to prosecuting adult rape cases in South East leads to more cases being charged

New figures from CPS internal data shows that the number of rape referrals made by Kent, Surrey and Sussex Police has almost trebled in the last three years.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , South East News

Teenager jailed for over 30 sexual offences

A 17-year-old youth has been sentenced to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to 30 sexual offences, including two rapes, and nine counts of blackmail, against nine girls, all of whom were 16 or under.

| Press Release , Sexual offences, Cyber / online crime , South East News

Retired teacher convicted of sexual assaults

A retired teacher has been convicted of a series of sexual assaults on boys at two schools, one in Sussex and one in Wiltshire, over a 20-year period.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , South East News

Two men who raped 17-year-old girl jailed

Two men who raped a teenage girl after meeting for the first time earlier that day have been jailed.

| Press Release , Sexual offences, Violent crime , South East News

UPDATED with sentence: Hospital electrician pleads guilty to further necrophilia offences

UPDATED: 7 December 2022 Fuller was sentenced to four years in prison for these offences to run concurrently to his existing life sentence for two murders. 

| Press Release , Sexual offences , South East News

Two men guilty of rape in Brighton city centre

Two men have been found guilty of raping and sexually assaulting a woman in Brighton. Ashley Lewis and Dylan Holden acted together, taking advantage of a 17-year-old woman who was so intoxicated she was unable to walk without assistance.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , South East News

How prosecutors in CPS South East are working to close rape charging gap

Prosecutors and police forces in the South East have been working tirelessly to address the gap between reported rapes and cases reaching court.

| Press Release , Sexual offences , CPS, 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

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