October 2016

Man jailed for sex offences against young boys


A man has been sentenced to 13 years imprisonment for a series of sexual assaults on two boys, police said

After a thorough police investigation, and following a week-long trial at Chichester Crown Court in August, Roy Thorp, 72, of Brook Way, Lancing, was found guilty of 11 counts of sexual assault on a male and five counts of gross indecency with a child.

On Friday, October 21, at the same court, he was sentenced to 13 years imprisonment by judge Christopher Parker.

He was also issued with a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) restricting his access to children, and will be a registered sex offender for life, police added.

Nine historic offences happened against one boy at various addresses and locations in West Sussex, police said.

Five were of indecent assault and four were of incitement to gross indecency.

Police said the other boy was offended against eight times at various locations and addresses, principally in East Sussex.

Six offences were of indecent assault and two were of gross indecency.