October 2017

Child rapist sentenced to 18 years

A 20-year-old child rapist that sexually abused six girls – one as young as 12 – told police that his victims “needed sorting out”.

Lewes Harby, from Newhaven, Sussex, has been jailed for 18 years after pleading guilty to nine sexual offences against children.

He raped the 12-year-old four times at his mother’s house – sometimes the child would be wearing her school uniform as he attacked her.

Harby plied his underage victims with alcohol and gave them mobile phones, which he then sent explicit images of himself to, according to a statement from Sussex police.

The majority of the attacks happened at his mother’s house, where drug taking and dealing were common, Hove Crown court heard.

“He targeted young girls with difficult home backgrounds and inveigled himself into their company,” Kate Blumgart, prosecuting, said

When police finally caught up with him, he told officers his victims were “silly girls, who needed sorting out”, she added.

The 12-year-old’s mother has spoken out about how it has affected her family.

She described in harrowing detail the behaviour of her daughter while she was being groomed and abused by Harby.

“One night in May, she came to my house and changed quickly saying she had got her tights wet on the way over. The next day her carer noticed a massive love bite on her chest – at this point she was still just 12 years old.

“The carer called me, and I told her to find her underwear, and we gave that and her tights to the police, and they were able to find Harby’s DNA on it.”

The mother went on to praise the work of local police officers, but said they were limited in what they could do achieve with the resources at hand. She was glad the girls had their day in court and that their abuser had been publicly condemned.

In total, Harby admitted to raping two girls under 15, sexually assaulting three other girls and meeting a 15-year-old for sex after grooming her.

Lewes Harby, unemployed, 20, of Railway Road, Newhaven, will serve an initial 12 years in prison and will also serve a further six-year period on extended prison release licence supervision.

But the young girl’s mother warned that Harby was not a lone wolf and that there were “other men involved – known to the police”. She added: “She was once found on the beach out of it and kissing a man who was known to the police for grooming.”

“People have this image of paedophiles being dirty old men in anoraks. But men aged 17-30 are the ones grooming these girls,” she added.

September 2017

Brighton child rapist held in prison to await sentence

A child rapist faces a prison sentence after he admitted nine sex offences against six girls when he appeared at Hove Crown Court.

Lewes Harby, 20, admitted four counts of raping a 12-year-old girl, one count of raping a 13-year-old girl, sexually assaulting girls aged 13, 14 and 15, and meeting a 15-year-old girl for sex after grooming.

Harby, an unemployed former student at City College – now the Greater Brighton Met – pleaded guilty to the nine charges before Judge Jeremy Gold last Thursday 

The offences involved girls from Brighton, Lancing and Newhaven.

Sussex Police said that Harby, of Railway Road, Newhaven, systematically sexually exploited his victims.

He was remanded in custody for sentencing on Friday 29 September.

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