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Ex pub licensee in Newhaven found responsible for child sex offences

A Newhaven man has been found responsible for seven child sex offences against a young girl.

Robert Daniels, 75, of Ellis Gordon Court in Newhaven, was given a seven-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) after being found responsible for seven counts of sexual offences against a child between 2013 and 2019. 

He was the licensee of the Engineer Public House in Newhaven at the time of the offences.

The trial was heard despite Daniels being considered not fit to enter a plea due to suffering from dementia.

A jury returned a verdict stating that he had committed all the offences on the indictment. 

At Hove Crown Court on Wednesday (November 23), Daniels was given a seven-year SHPO with conditions that severely restrict his access to children and prohibit him from contacting his victim and her family.

He has also been ordered not to enter the Engineer Public House, nor Railway Road, Newhaven. 

Daniels, who had been on the Sex Offenders Register since 2018 for an unrelated sexual assault, was added to the register for an additional seven years.

Detective Sergeant Nick Green, from the Safeguarding Investigations Unit in Eastbourne, said: “Robert Daniels is a predatory sex offender who groomed not only a child, but an entire community. 

“I would like to thank his young victim for the incredible bravery she has shown in reporting these crimes and supporting the investigation through to prosecution.  

“While the unique circumstances of this case meant a custodial sentence was not possible, the verdict delivered on Wednesday confirms Daniels was responsible for these horrific crimes and holds him to account.

“The Sexual Harm Prevention Order issued, as well as the extension of Daniels’ appearance on the Sex Offenders’ Register, should ensure he is not able to cause any further harm to the victim and her family, while protecting other children in the community.”

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