August 2018

Man drugged children before sex attacks in Farnham and Haslemere

A man from Haslemere has been jailed for 11 years for a series of sex attacks on young boys. 

56-year-old Geoffrey Horne reportedly bought his victims alcohol and supplied control drugs in order to facilitate the offences. 

He targeted six boys, aged between 11 and 16, between 1980 and 2007.

The offending took place in Haslemere, Farnham and East Hampshire

Following a 20-month police investigation, he’s been found guilty of 14 child sexual offences and making indecent images of children.

The trial, which concluded on 4 June, is the second trial Horne has been the subject of, having been found guilty of offences relating to making indecent images of children in March this year.

Sentencing took place on Tuesday (7 August) at Kingston Crown Court.

Horne was well-known locally in the community, ingratiating himself with families in order to access boys of his target age.

Horne manipulated the abuse to ensure the boys would be unlikely to speak out and if they had, would be unlikely to have been believed. This left him free to offend repeatedly. Some boys were subject to a single assault whilst other’s abuse went on for months or even years, with each boy thinking they were the “only one”