Local man sentenced for child sex offences in Crawley

Littlehampton man has been sentenced to 18 years imprisonment over a series of child sex offences in Crawley.

Peter Gillett, 59, self-employed, of Arundel Road, Littlehampton, had been convicted at Lewes Crown Court on Friday (16 February) of a series of seven counts of non-recent sexual offences in Crawley, some involving multiple occasions, against two young girls and a young boy, all known to him.

Sentencing awaited the outcome of a separate trial for Gillett for possession of a stun gun found at his address when he was arrested in 2016.

That trial took place at Hove Crown Court on 8 October. He was convicted of that offence too and was given a 12-month sentence to run concurrently with the sex offence sentencing.

A court-imposed reporting restriction had prohibited publication of news of the sex offence sentences until the stun gun offence was dealt with.

All but one of the sex offences related to the period between 1988 and 1990,

Gillett will also be a registered sex offender for life.

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