Man jailed for historic sexual offences on a girl in East Sussex
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A man has been sentenced after being found guilty of historic sexual offences against a young girl in East Sussex.
Thomas Orr, 67, stood trial at Lewes Crown Court and was found guilty of indecency with a child and indecent assault on a child.
Both charges related to offences committed in the early 1980s on a girl who was known to him.
At Brighton Crown Court, he was sentenced to a total of five years and six months in prison for both offences.
Orr, of Priory Road, Hastings, will now be a registered sex offender for life.
The court also imposed a Sexual Harm Prevention Order which forbids him from having unsupervised contact with children.
It prevents him from residing or working with children and young people, or approaching or talking with children.
Investigating officer Detective Constable Samuel Collyer, from Eastbourne CID, said: “The victim showed courage to came forward and report these offences which took place when she was a very young girl.
“Orr denied the offences and showed no remorse as he put the victim through having to go to trial.
“This case demonstrates that we take historic sexual abuse very seriously. The victim received support from specialist officers throughout the process.
“We were determined to get justice for the victim, and following a thorough investigation we are pleased with the jury’s verdict.