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Steyning man sentenced for sexual offences with a child

A man has been sentenced to 10 years for two sexual offences on a child.

John David Manvell, 67, formally from Mill Road in Steyning appeared at Lewes Crown Court on Friday, September 5, and was sentenced to six years for one count of inciting a girl to engage in sexual activity and seven years for one of sexual touching. These will be served concurrently with three years extended licence. He was also given a Sexual Offences Prevention order.

Both counts were on a girl who was known to him and happened at his home between December 2013 and March this year.

Detective Constable Dani Flude said: “The victim was extremely brave in speaking out and we have been supporting her throughout. We would like to thank her and her family for their courage. The judge also commended everyone involved in bringing this case to light and said that the parents of the victim had acted with great dignity.

“I am pleased that this case has been resolved with Manvell being given a significant sentence. We take reports of sexual offences very seriously and will make sure we do all we can to get justice for a victim. If anyone has any concerns about this kind of offence please speak to us.”

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