An Eastbourne man has gone to prison for sexual offences against a young girl.
Darren Keith Brady, 32, unemployed, of Seaside, Eastbourne, appeared at Lewes Crown Court on last Thursday and was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment.
He was also given a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) severely restricting his access to children, and will be a registered sex offender for life.
Brady had pleaded guilty at a previous hearing to five offences of sexual activity with the girl then aged 14 in Eastbourne over a prolonged period during 2012.
Detective Constable Charlie Ward said, “Brady gradually ingratiated himself with the girl, who he had met through friends, and became more and more controlling, forcing her to submit to him.
“Eventually she summoned up the resolve to come forward when she knew he was by then serving a prison sentence for a very similar offence. We are glad that Brady has now been brought to justice and that the victim, who did not have to give evidence in court, has achieved some closure.”