A Polegate man has been sentenced to a six and a half years in prison for 18 sexual offences against three young girls known to him.
Dean Davies, 20, unemployed, of Walnut Walk, Polegate, was sentenced at Hove Crown Court today (November 18), after a two-week trial the previous month in which he had pleaded not guilty to all offences.
The offences of which he was convicted were nine sexual assaults on a girl then aged between six and seven during 2005 and 2006; four sexual assaults and one attempted sexual assault on a second girl then aged between 10 and 11 during 2006 and 2007; and two offences of attempted rape of the same girl during the same period; and one offence of rape of a 16-year old girl in February 2013.
He was found not guilty of two charges of rape of a fourth girl then aged 14 during 2009.
The charges, authorised by the Crown Prosecution Service, followed an investigation by detectives from East Sussex CID.
Sentencing, Judge Guy Anthony said, “You did not have the courage to plead guilty, and the victims therefore had to give evidence in court.”
Detective Constable Jo Barber said, “Over several years, Davies, from the age of 11 onward, carried out a series of serious sexual offences against three very vulnerable young girls he met and befriended, including several rapes.
“Eventually we were able to compile full accounts from the victims, and established the exact circumstances. All three were distressed by their experiences and had found difficulty in explaining what had happened at the time.
“We were impressed by their patience with the investigative process and their willingness to attend court and give their evidence, all of which was crucial in bringing Davies to justice.
“Anyone who feels they need support or advice whenever learning of this or any similar cases can call 101 at any time, and arrange to talk in confidence to specially trained police officers who can also if needed arrange access to a range of welfare and counselling services.”
The last of Davies’ victims, now aged 18, said, “Davies took advantage of my vulnerability and the trust I placed in him as a close friend when he assaulted me whilst asleep at his home after a party. I am glad that the police investigation and the verdict of the jury have shown that I was his last innocent victim.
“The process of the investigation and trial was stressful and at times thoroughly demoralising but I was re-assured by the support and advice I received from the police, the CPS, and my friends and family. This helped a lot and I urge any victims of crimes like this to go straight to the police as I did, regardless of the situation.
“Sexual assault comes in many shapes and forms and will always be taken very seriously by the authorities, everyone involved has been absolutely brilliant and I cannot thank them enough for everything, Jo Barber especially, and for achieving justice and closure for me and hopefully for the other girls involved.”
The mother of another of the girls said, “It has been a long difficult journey for my daughter but the incredible support and patience she has received from Jo Barber throughout, has made this process as smooth as possible. We were kept informed at each stage of the investigation and the witness support service at Lewes Crown Court were sensitive to our needs and supportive at all times”