June 2017

Abuse ‘ruined my life’ says victim of Brighton sex offender

A victim who was sexually abused after being groomed by a Brighton man over several years in the 1980s and 1990s beginning when he was just 10 says the abuse ruined his life before it had really begun.

Roy Pratt, 76, of Stanmer Villas, has been jailed for 15 years after being found guilty of 16 sex offences against a boy dating back to the late 1980s.

He was charged with committing 18 acts of indecent assault on a boy aged under 16 between 19 August 1987 and the 18 August 1993 in Brighton. The boy was known to him.

He admitted two charges of indecent assault and a jury at Brighton Crown Court found him guilty of the remaining 16 charges following a trial on 27 April.

Pratt was remanded in custody and sentenced on Friday (9 June) at Brighton Crown Court.

He was also ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register for life and barred from having access to children.

In a victim impact statement the victim said: “This man began to manipulate and groom me for his own sexual needs when I was a child. I now find it extremely difficult trusting people close to me and I suffer extreme anxiety and from flashbacks of the abuse. Ultimately this crime ruined my life before it had really begun.”

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