Paedophile gets extra years for historic assault

Sompting sex offender Oliver Connor
Sompting sex offender Oliver Connor

A SOMPTING sex offender serving 12-and-a-half years in prison has been sentenced to a further two-and-a-half years for sexually assaulting a girl in Crawley nearly 20 years ago.

Oliver Connor, 73, of Blackstock Crescent, Sompting, was found guilty at Lewes Crown Court on Friday, May 16, of an indecent assault on the girl, who was 12 years old at the time, at an address in Crawley.

The conviction means Connor’s sentence will be extended to 15 years.

The court heard that Connor had befriended the victim through her family.

Connor was already behind bars serving a lengthy sentence for sexual assaults on two young girls in the Berkshire area.

He was originally sentenced to twelve-and-a-half years in prison at Reading Crown Court in July, 2012, for the historic sexual assaults which he carried out in Slough and Burnham Beeches between 1979 and 1982.

Detective Constable Ollie Summers of Crawley CID said hearing news of Connor’s original conviction had encouraged the Crawley victim to come forward in 2012.

“We worked with her in a thorough investigation which included liaison with colleagues from Thames Valley Police in order to better understand Connor’s previous crimes, which helped us strengthen our case against him,” said Detective Constable Summers.

“The victim gave evidence in court and this has now achieved some justice for her and will hopefully help her to move on with her life.”

Connor’s victims cannot be named for legal reasons.

Detective Constable Summers said the conviction had also helped to show that Sussex Police would always take such allegations seriously, regardless of how long ago they were said to have happened.

According to Sussex Police, Connor had been living in Sussex for several years, in both Crawley and Sompting, until he was arrested by officers from Thames Valley Police two years ago.

“Both we and Thames Valley Police would encourage anyone else who wishes to report being assaulted by Connor at any time over the past 35 years to get in touch with us,” said Detective Constable Summers.

“We know that Connor, who worked as an electrician, was for many years an active member of the Jehovah’s Witness church, wherever he lived, and it was through that church that he met his Crawley victim.”

Anyone who wishes to report being assaulted by Connor is urged to call police in confidence at any time via 101 and arrange to speak to detectives.