Eastbourne sex offender escapes jail time

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A 22-year-old Eastbourne man has escaped a spell in jail for a string of sex offences involving young children.

Philip Poundsbery, a warehouseman, of Aylesbury Avenue, Eastbourne, appeared at Hove Crown Court this week having previously pleaded guilty to eight offences - three offences of sexual activity in the presence of children and five offences of sexual activity with a child.

Poundsbery was a juvenile under the age of 16 at the time of the offences.

He was sentenced to a total of 18 months imprisonment, suspended for two years.

Poundsbery was also made a registered sex offender for ten years and has to attend a sex offender treatment programme.

Detective Constable Katy Hartley of the East Sussex Safeguarding Investigation Unit said, “The two young victims both came forward last year and we were able to help them achieve a measure of justice.

“It shows that however long ago offences are said to have happened, such reports will always be taken seriously and investigated wherever possible. We can also help victims to get access to specialist welfare and support services.”

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