An Eastbourne man who sexually abused two young girls more than 45 years ago has been sentenced to 12 years imprisonment following an investigation by Kent Police’s Combined Safeguarding Team.
Paul Anthony Augustin Philpott, of Kingfisher Drive, was arrested by detectives in December 2013 following an allegation by a woman who is now in her fifties.
While officers were investigating the case, another victim came forward and this led to the 79-year-old being charged with five sexual offences committed between 1954 and 1974. These offences were committed in Tunbridge Wells.
In total there were five charges of gross indecency against him and one count of indecent assault.
Philpott denied all of the charges against him but was found guilty of five of the six counts by a jury at Maidstone Crown Court on April 11. He was found not guilty of one count of gross indecency.
Sentencing was adjourned from May 5 until today (Tuesday, June 14).
Detective Constable David Turner, the investigating officer, said, “Paul Philpott sexually abused these very young girls and they have had to live with the trauma of what had happened well into adult life.
“This conviction shows that reports made by victims of historic abuse will always be taken seriously and we hope his prison sentence will encourage other victims of this type of abuse to come forward.
“Any complaint of this type will be investigated thoroughly by specialist officers, with victims treated with care and understanding.”
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