Man guilty of 1970s child sex offences

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A LANCING man was found guilty of sexual offences against a child in Brighton more than 30 years ago.

Bruce Ernest Geoffery Schooley, 62, from Lancing stood trial at Lewes Crown Court charged with five counts of raping a child between five and 12-years-old and five counts of indecent assault on a child between five and 12-years-old during the 1970s.

He was found guilty of all ten of the offences and was sentenced to 21 years in prison on October 23.

He will be on the sex offenders register for life and has been given a sexual offences prevention order.

Detective constable Andrew Beaumont of Brighton Criminal Investigation Department said: “The victim came forward to report these offences last year, more than 30 years after they happened and we worked with them to secure the conviction of Schooley.

“The victim, who is now an adult, was extremely brave in coming forward and we were able to offer them support throughout the investigation and during the trial.

“We would assure any victim of any sexual offence to make contact with us, no matter how long ago the offences occurred.

“You will be treated sensitively and given help and support.

“Anyone who wants to report such offences can do so either at a station, the website or on 101.”

Alternatively, people can contact the police anonymously via the UK’s only independent crime fighting charity, Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.