Three men and three boys have appeared in court on charges relating to alleged child sexual exploitation in Crawley.
Guilliam Augustin, 18, a student, of Sunningdale Court, Brighton Road, Southgate; Andrew Rose , 19, a cleaner, of Sorrel Close, Broadfield; Louis Volfrin, 25, a cleaner, of Eddington Hill, Broadfield; and three boys, two aged 16 and one aged 17, also all from Crawley. appeared in custody at Brighton Magistrates Court on Saturday 28 March.
Augustin was charged with sexual activity with a child; Rose was charged with rape and with engaging in sexual activity with a child: Volfrin was charged with rape: one of the 16-year old boys was charged with one rape, with causing actual bodily harm, with affray, with supplying cannabis, and with sexual assault; the other 16-year old was charged with rape; the 17-year old was with two rapes, engaging in sexual activity with a child, and with sexual assault
The case was committed to Lewes Crown Court for a preliminary hearing on Monday 20 April and the defendants were all given court bail.
On Thursday (26 March) Crawley detectives executed search warrants at several addresses, and the arrests were made during the same day. The operation was supported by officers and staff from other areas in Sussex.
The six were charged on Friday evening (27 March), on the authority of the Crown Prosecution Service.
A Sussex police spokesman said the charges followed an investigation into allegations received last month that between October 2013 and February 2014, two girls were victims of sexual offences.
He added: “The investigation is still at an early stage and we are working closely with partner agencies to ensure that the girls’ welfare is a priority.
“Anyone who has concerns or information can always contact us via 101@sussex,pnn,.police.ukor call 101, quoting Operation Data. All such calls will be taken seriously and you can arrange to talk in confidence to experienced detectives”.