November 2016

Paedophile jailed for grooming and sexually abusing young girl


A predatory paedophile that groomed and then repeatedly sexually abused a 12-year-old schoolgirl has been jailed.

Unemployed Mark Anthony Bruce (44) of Sittingbourne, Kent was previously found guilty on the 29th July at Lewes Crown Court of six charges of sexual activity with a child who was aged under 13 years old.

Hove Crown court heard that Bruce groomed and then sexually abused the schoolgirl multiple times over a 15 month period between 2013 and 2014.

The offences took place in a number of areas within East Sussex and Kent which include Uckfield, Eastbourne and Piltdown.

Bruce showed no reaction or remorse as the judge sentenced him to six years imprisonment.

An indefinite sexual harm prevention order was made and Bruce was told he must register as a sex offender for life.