Man guilty of ‘monstrous’ abuse behind bars for 17 years

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An Eastbourne man who was guilty of what a judge branded “a monstrous regime of sexual abuse” has been jailed for 17 years.

Paul Telling, 44, of Barming Close, denied the charges but was convicted by a jury at Maidstone Crown Court of five counts of rape, two charges of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, two of arranging or facilitating the commission of a child sex offence, sexual assault and assault by penetration.

The court was told that Telling raped a young girl and also urged a man and boy to have sex with her as well.

He enticed the girl to take part in the assault by plying her with alcohol until she was drunk and then playing card games with her which involved her removing her clothes and ending up naked, the court was told.

A teenage boy was also introduced into the card games and Telling urged the girl to have sex with him as well.

A third person, a 20-year-old friend of the teenager, was also introduced and he had sex with the girl too.

Prosecuting counsel, Christopher May, said that Telling had given the girl £20 not to tell anyone what had been going on and he said that initially she had thought what was happening was some sort of ritual.

He continued, “She did not tell anyone. Later she described what happened as a kind of mental game.”

In the end though he said she told her mother and police were alerted.

Telling, who lived at Gillingham, Kent at the time, claimed in denying the offences that he had never had sex with the girl.

The 20-year-old was later cautioned for inciting or causing the girl to engage in sexual activity.

As he jailed Telling Judge Martin Joy told him, “This was a monstrous regime of sexual abuse which took place over a period of time.”