A Crawley man has been sent to prison for 14 years after admitting 17 child sex offences against a girl under 13.
Police say that James Tower, 30, began to abuse the girl in 2016 and the abuse continued until the victim’s mother became suspicious earlier this year and challenged him.
Officers from Sussex Police promptly arrested Tower and, following a complex investigation, he was charged with sexual offences against a child.
He pleaded guilty to the offences in court and was sentenced at Lewes Crown Court on November 26 to 14 years in prison.
Detective Constable Jake Dallaway, of Sussex Police’s Safeguarding Investigation Unit, who led the investigation, said: “Tower subjected his victim to several years of abuse, ruining her childhood for the sake of his own gratification.
“I hope the sentence will provide some closure to the victim and her family, and I hope, with the appropriate support, they can move on from this horrific abuse.
“I’d like to commend the victim and her mother for their bravery in coming forward and the support they have given us throughout what has been a very difficult time for them.
“I also hope that this outcome gives other people who have been or are suffering similar abuse the confidence to come forward. You can read our advice on how to do this here.”