June 2020

Crawley paedophile who raped young girl, 10, multiple times jailed

A disgusting Crawley paedophile who raped a young girl multiple times has been jailed.

Adam Arnold, of Webb Close, Broadfield started sexually assaulting the victim when she was 10-years-old.

Arnold, 32, continued to abuse the girl until she was 14.

He raped her multiple times and was only caught when the victim told someone she knew about the abuse.

Arnold, unemployed, pleaded guilty to four counts of rape and eight counts of other serious sexual assaults at Hove Crown Court earlier this year.

On Tuesday (June 9) he appeared via video link and was jailed for 15 years.

He will also be a registered sex offender for life and was given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) to last until a further court order, severely restricting his access to women and children.

Detective Constable Ellen Jones, of the East Sussex Safeguarding Investigations Unit, said after the sentencing: “Arnold came to know his victim, and five years ago began this horrific and systematic abuse which she suffered, unbeknown to anyone else, until she felt able to confide in someone she knew last year, and we were promptly informed.

“We took immediate action and Arnold was arrested.

“This young girl had endured the trauma and distress of what happened to her, in secret, and we admire all the more her courage and resolution in now supporting both our investigation and the prosecution.