August 2008

Paedophile preyed on 14-year-olds

A paedophile electrician indecently assaulted and took pornographic photographs of 14-year-old girls.

Guy Anthony Longhurst was found guilty at Lewes Crown Court yesterday of string of offences which took place between 1994 and 2002.

The 44-year-old, formerly of Bethune Road, Horsham, but now of Wisbech had stood trial after pleading not guilty to a total of 19 charges.

He was a cadet leader at the College of Richard Collyer, in Hurst Road, Horsham.

He created a ‘secret room’ at the college for a girl, who was 16 at the time, but who was not a student.

The girl is now an adult woman who cannot be named for legal reasons.

The jury found Longhurst, an electrician, guilty on 16 charges of indecent assault against two girls under the age of 16 and three of taking indecent photographs.

He was initially arrested on January 31 2007 after one of his victims, who is now in her 20s, approached Sussex Police.

Other offences all related to two 14-year-old girls. One fell victim to Longhurst between 1994 and 1996, while the other was attacked between 2000 and 2002.

He was found guilty of indecent assault and taking indecent photographs of children.