Eastbourne man jailed for historic sex crimes

Graham Paul Cleaver
Graham Paul Cleaver

An Eastbourne man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after being convicted of a series of sexual offences against two girls known to him, in the 1970s and the 1990s.

Graham Paul Cleaver, 59, of Dovedale Gardens, Eastbourne, was sentenced at Lewes Crown Court today (Tuesday) having been convicted after an eight-day trial which ended on the previous day.

He had been convicted of four counts of indecent assault against one girl, at an address in Hove between 1972 and 1974, and six counts of indecent assault and one of attempted rape against a girl at his address in Eastbourne, between 1994 and 1999.

Detective Constable Rex Petty, of the Brighton Safeguarding Investigations Unit, said, “These offences first came to light when the older woman came to us in 2011. A careful and thorough investigation followed to uncover the whole truth of what had happened, and Cleaver denied everything all the way through.

“This was a re-trial as a jury had failed to agree at a previous trial, and acquitted him of raping the older woman when she was a teenager.

“However, the two victims continued to support the prosecution, and with their evidence, the case against Cleaver was finally proved.

“This is another example of the way in which we can support victims and help them obtain justice, even after many years.”

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