Man jailed for historic sexual assault on girl

Oliver Connor SUS-140529-151735001
Oliver Connor SUS-140529-151735001

A man serving prison time for sexual assaults on young girls has been sentenced to a further two-and-a-half years for an historic sexual assault on a girl in Crawley.

Oliver Connor, 73, of Blackstock Crescent, Sompting, was sentenced to 12-and-a-half years in July 2012 for a series of assaults on two young girls in Berkshire from the 1970s and was found guilty on May 16 at Lewes Crown Court, of the Crawley assault.

Detective Constable Ollie Summers of Crawley CID said; “News of this conviction encouraged the Crawley victim to come forward later in 2012.

“We worked with her in a thorough investigation which included liaison with colleagues from Thames Valley Police in order to better understand Connor’s previous crimes which helped to strengthen our case against him

“She gave evidence in court and this has now achieved some justice for her and will hopefully help her to move on with her life. It also shows that we will always take such allegations seriously, no matter how long ago they are said to have happened.

“Connor had lived in Sussex for several years, in Crawley and in Sompting until he was arrested by Thames Valley officers two years ago. Both we and Thames Valley Police would encourage anyone else who wishes to report being assaulted by Connor at any time over the past 35 years to get in touch.

“You can call us in confidence at any time via 101 and arrange to talk in confidence to detectives.”