September 2017

Child rapist, 69, admits string of sex offences against young girls

AN Alderbury man who admitted a string of sex offences towards girls under 13 has been told by a judge he will be jailed.

Peter Daniels, 69, pleaded guilty to twelve counts of sexual assault at Winchester Crown Court today.

The charges against him date back to August 2016.

Enquiries are now taking place into alleged similar offending by Daniels, after 16 other children made complaints, the court heard.

Prosecuting, Tom Moores said there was a “large ongoing enquiry” and “a large quantity of material stored on phones and cameras to be checked”.

He said Daniels “was a keen cameraman and filmed and photographed perfectly normally on occasions” but indecent images and videos had been found.

Mr Moores said the investigation into the new allegations may not be complete until early next year.

Judge Susan Evans QC told Daniels: “Please understand you are going to receive a significant custodial sentence.”

Daniels, who spoke only to confirm his name, will be sentenced on October 13 at Winchester Crown Court.

He will be remanded in custody until that date, while probation workers carry out a report to assess how dangerous he is.

The full charges against him are:

  • Rape of a child under 13.

  • Attempted rape of a child under 13.

  • Two counts of sexual assault of a 10-year-old girl.

  • Sexual assault of a 10-year-old girl by penetration.

  • Sexual assault of a 12-year-old girl.

  • Two counts of making a category B indecent film of a child.

  • Making category A indecent images of a child.

  • Making category B indecent images of a child.

  • Two counts of making category C indecent images of a child.

Daniels is a published author and well known around Salisbury, including writing the Journal’s Scrapbook column until December 2015.

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