January 2014

BTP sergeant Mick Defries jailed for sex abuse


A former British Transport Police (BTP) sergeant from West Sussex has been jailed for two years for sexually abusing a young girl.

Mick Defries, 58, of Barnham, near Bognor Regis, admitted two counts of sexual touching at a previous hearing at Lewes Crown Court.

The historic offences related to a girl under 16, the court heard.

BTP said Defries was suspended from duty after his arrest and dismissed from his post earlier this month.

Court officials said Defries was ordered to sign a sex offence prevention order for 12 years, sign the sex offenders register and was barred from working with children.

A BTP spokesman said Defries was previously employed by the force in the role of police sergeant and had served for 10 years.

He said: “We expect the highest professional and ethical standards from all our officers, and it is a matter of deep regret when anyone falls below those standards.”

December 2013

Police sergeant pleads guilty to abusing 13 year old girl

A BRITISH Transport Police sergeant has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl.

Mick Defries, 58, of Barnham, appeared at Lewes Crown Court for a preliminary hearing and pleaded guilty to two historical allegations of sexually touching a girl under the age of 13.

He has been remanded in custody and will be sentenced on January 10.

A British Transport Police spokesman said: “BTP can confirm that Sergeant Defries, who has served with the force for ten years, has been suspended from duty following his arrest and charge by Sussex Police.

Defries had served 10 years with the force and had been suspended pending disciplinary action.