May 2018

Worthing sex offender jailed again for breaching a supervision order

A man who was jailed for sexual offences against a young girl has been imprisoned again after he was found to be in contact with single mother with young daughters. 

Stephen Agate, 37, unemployed, of Wordsworth Road, Worthing, was sentenced to three years prison at Lewes Crown Court on Tuesday, April 24, having previously pleaded guilty to breaching a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) severely restricting any unsupervised or agreed access to young children, and to breaching a lifelong requirement to notify his address to police as a Registered Sex Offender.

Police found that Agate was associating in Worthing with a single mother who had young daughters within four months of being released from prison on supervision licence.

He had previously been sentenced to four years imprisonment in July 2015 after pleading guilty to causing an eight-year old girl known to him to engage in sexual activity.

He was then living in Burgess Hill and visited the girl’s home nearby in the town, where he knew the family and committed sexual offences against her on several occasions when he contrived to be alone with her.

When he was sentenced in In July 2015 he was also given the SHPO to last indefinitely, was made a Registered Sex Offender for life.

July 2015

Man jailed following sexual activity with girl of eight


A man from Burgess Hill was jailed for four years after pleading guilty to sex offences against a girl of eight.

Stephen Agate, 34, a factory worker, of London Road, was sentenced at Lewes Crown Court on Tuesday July 2.

At a previous hearing, he had pleaded guilty to causing a child aged under 13-years-old to engage in sexual activity, and to sexual activity with the same girl.

He pleaded not guilty to a charge of sexual assault, and the charge was left to lie on the court file

Agate was also given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order, severely restricting his access to children, and will be a registered sex offender for life.

Sentencing, Judge David Rennie said that Agate’s crimes ‘had a bad impact on that little girl’.

Detective Constable Dani Flude, of the West Sussex Safeguarding Investigations Unit, said Agate had ‘exploited the natural innocence and vulnerability of a young child’ for his own sexual gratification.

“His guilty pleas, and the court’s agreement not to proceed with the other offences, has achieved justice for the victim without her having to give evidence – even though special measures would have been provided by the court to help her through that process.”