Eastbourne man jailed for sex offences against 12-year-old girl

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AN Eastbourne man who used to run in-line skating classes at the Sovereign Centre today began an 18-month prison sentence for sexual offences against a 12-year-old girl.

Nicholas Esteve, 36, of Rotunda Road, Eastbourne, was today sentenced to the 18 month term at Lewes Crown Court today, having been found guilty after a trial last month of sexual offences against the young girl.

The two offences against the girl were one of sexual assault and one of inciting her to engage in sexual activity. The court heard that they were committed in Eastbourne in April 2011.

Esteve was sentenced to 18 months in prison for each offence, the sentences to run concurrently. He was also required to register as a sex offender for ten years on his release, and was served with an indefinite Sex Offender Prevention Order (SOPO).

The SOPO includes provisions which prohibit him from contacting the victim, and from any contact with any person under 16 without the agreement of a parent, guardian or other appropriate adult, who has been informed of his offending history, except for inadvertent unavoidable passing contact in public.

The order also prohibits him seeking any post with any organisation in which under 16s might be involved, and from advertising any form of service without the agreement of his supervising police officer.

The prosecution, authorised by the Crown Prosecution Service, followed a full investigation by Eastbourne-based child protection detectives after allegations were made to police in April last year.

The offences came to light last year when a parent expressed concern about Esteve’s behaviour whilst running in-line skating classes at the Sovereign Centre. Esteve was using facilities there for his classes, but he was not an employee at the Centre.

Detective Constable Amy Green said; “We always encourage parents, and children, to come to us with concerns about inappropriate behaviour, and we are glad that this mother did so. Her daughter also showed great courage in facing up to the ordeal of giving evidence in court.”