November 2018

Ex-Horley councillor jailed for non-recent sexual assault offences

An ex-Horley councillor has been sentenced to six and a half years in jail after being found guilty of non-recent sexual assault offences yesterday (November 14), at Guildford Crown Court.

A Surrey Police statement says that David Jackson, 58, from Horley, was found guilty of four counts of sexually assaulting a girl under the age of 13 by touching, and two counts of indecent assault of a girl under the age of 14, following an eight day trial.

Jackson had previously been found guilty of two counts of sexually assaulting a girl under the age of 13 by touching and two counts of indecent assault of a girl under the age of 14 following a six day trial in March.

Following the conclusion of the trial, the Crown Prosecution Service made the decision to re-try Jackson for the remaining two offences, which was granted, and he was remanded into prison custody.

The statement adds that the offences took place over a 14 year period, and he preyed on the vulnerability of his victims who were not old enough to understand that what he was doing to them was wrong.

Jackson was made deputy mayor for Horley town while on bail and under investigation.

Charged with sexual crimes in March 2017, he remained a councillor until he resigned upon his first conviction in March this year.