Prison Sentence For Shanklin Man Convicted Of Child Sexual Abuse

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An Isle of Wight man is starting a seven-and-a-half year prison sentence for historic sexual offences against girls in Crawley, north west London and Kent.

Richard Jones (formerly Richard Ernest Bloch) from Grange Road, Shanklin, was convicted of assaults that took place between 1991 and 2002.

The 63-year-old was sentenced, at Brighton Crown Court on 12 January, for nine sexual offences against girls aged between six and 11 years old.

Seven counts were of indecent assault and two of gross indecency, against four girls known to him.

Until 1996 he lived in Crawley, West Sussex, at Colwyn Close and Francis Edwards Way. Three incidents were at addresses in Ruislip, Middlesex and Sissinghurst, Kent.

He will be a registered sex offender for life.

Detective Sergeant Sian Harding of the West Sussex Safeguarding Investigation Unit said:

“Jones…befriended the girls’ families, worked his way into their confidence and systematically abused them. This came to light in 2015, when police were investigating an unrelated matter which is still under investigation.”

If you want to raise concerns with police over the sentencing, contact DS Harding in confidence on 01273 404123.