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Brighton man given 24-year sentence for child sex offences during 1970s

A Brighton man is starting a 24-year prison sentence for a series of sex offences against a young girl between 40 and 50 years ago.

Robert Borrer, 71, of Birdham Road, Brighton, was sentenced at Hove Crown Court on Monday 12 July, having previously admitted three counts of rape and six of indecent assault against the girl, then aged between nine and 15, during the 1970's.

He will be a registered sex offender indefinitely and was also given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order, to last until further court notice, severely restricting his access to children.

Detective Constable Tom Perry of the Brighton & Hove Safeguarding Investigation Unit said; "Borrer came to know his young victim through her family, taking advantage of the youth and vulnerability for many years solely for his own sexual gratification.

"She has suffered lifelong emotional trauma and suffering as a result of this dreadful experience but recently was able to summon up the resolution to tell us what had happened, which enable us to start an investigation and to achieve justice and some measure of closure or her.

"Borrer eventually pleaded guilty, saving her the further ordeal of giving evidence against him in court, but she would have been ready to do so had it been necessary.

"We will always follow up such reports and give victims access to sources of advice and support. If you or anyone you know has been victim of such offending, contact us at any time and arrange to talk to experienced investigators."

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