Pensioner jailed for sexual assaults on young people

Derek Northrop
Derek Northrop

A Worthing man has been jailed for five years after admitting a series of sexual assaults on four young people.

Derek Northrop 70, of Selden Rd, Worthing, appeared at Hove Crown Court on Friday (13 June) and was jailed for five years.

Northrop had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to eight offences- two of indecent assault on a girl then aged five in 2003, two of indecent assault on another girl of similar age over the same period, two of gross indecency with a boy aged between ten and 12 between 1977 and 1979 and another two of gross indecency with a boy of similar age in 1982.

Detective Constable Carolyn Moore of the West Sussex Child Protection Team said: “Northrop subjected his victims to sexual assaults without any consideration for their vulnerability or their well being, having been in a position of trust.

“Only when we received information from a third party in 2012 was it possible to bring Northrop to justice and it is to the credit to the courage of all the victims that they were prepared to give evidence against him, although in the end that was not necessary.

“This case is another example of the way in which we will always take seriously and follow up all such allegations, no matter how long ago they may have occurred.”