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Brighton man given three-year sentence for non-recent child sex offences

News   •   Aug 12, 2019 17:16 BST

A Brighton man has been sentenced to a total of three years imprisonment after being convicted of a series of sex offences against two children aged between five and six, 30 years ago.

John Dowds, 56, unemployed, of Thorndean Road, Brighton, was sentenced at Hove Crown Court on Monday (12 August), after a 12-day trial that ended on 23 July with his conviction for multiple offences against a boy and a girl in Brighton in the late 1980s.

He will also be a registered sex offender for life.

He was found not guilty of similar offences against another young girl.

Detective Constable Stewart Cameron of the Brighton Safeguarding Investigations Unit said; "Dowds had been convicted in 1990, following a police investigation, of an indecent assault against the boy, and was sentenced to two years probation.

"However there was insufficient evidence at that time for further action against Dowd in relation to the boy or one of the girls.

"Three years ago the boy, by then a man in his early thirties, decided to revisit his past and contacted us again. Our enquiries elicited more information from him and from the girl

"We built a compelling picture of the way in which Dowds had ingratiated himself with the victim's families over time, and systematically taken advantage of these innocent young children for his own sexual gratification.

"The two victims resolutely gave evidence at the trial and we are glad that justice has now been done for them after all these years.

"Anyone who has been the victim of such offences can come forward, no matter how long ago they happened. Contact us online or by calling 101, and arrange to talk in confidence to experienced investigators."

For advice and sources of support about sexual abuse see the Sussex Police website here