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A man has been remanded in custody after being charged with the rape of another man in Worthing town centre.
Police were called to Chapel Road, Worthing, at about 9pm on Tuesday, August 8 after a report of rape near the Guildbourne Centre.
A 53-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of rape.
The victim, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, has been receiving support from specially-trained officers.
Police from the Safeguarding Investigations Unit launched an investigation, and Richard Dawkins, 53, of Northbrook Road, Broadwater, was charged with the rape of a man.
Dawkins appeared before Crawley Magistrates’ Court to answer the charge on Thursday, August 10, and was remanded in custody.
He is next due to appear before Lewes Crown Court on September 7.
Officers have asked the public not to speculate about the incident on social media, as this risks causing prejudice to the ongoing legal proceedings.
More information about how Sussex Police investigates claims of rape and serious sexual assault is available on our website here.
Support and further information for victims of rape is also available on the Sussex Police website here.
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