January 2019

Paedophile groomed young girl

A paedophile who groomed a young girl has been found guilty of indecent assault.

Clive Manning, 54, met the victim in Crawley when he was 21 and she was seven-years-old.

He began grooming her, which allowed him to engage in sexual activity with her for months before he moved out of the area.

The victim reported the abuse to police for the first time in October 2017 after a chance meeting with Manning, who now lives in Surrey.

He was found guilty of 12 counts of indecent assault at Lewes Crown Court on Monday, January 7.

These took place between the autumn of 1986 and the spring of 1987.

He pleaded not guilty to the allegations during his trial, but a jury found him guilty and he was sentenced to 15 years in prison