A man from St Leonards man has been jailed for sexual offences against a young girl.

Andrew Barlow, 48, a restaurant worker, of St Leonards, was given a ten-month prison sentence for his crimes, and intimidating a witness.

On Monday 14 May at Hove Crown Court, Andrew Barlow was convicted of inciting the girl to commit an act of gross indecency, and witness intimidation.

Detective Constable Nick O’Shaughnessy of the Hastings Safeguarding Investigations Unit said;

“If it were not for the victim’s bravery there is every likelihood that Barlow would have escaped justice.

“She was very scared and frightened of him and to his denying the allegation she had to endure the rigours of a trial.

“We encourage anyone who has been subjected to sexual offences to come forward to us. Do not be exploited.

“Please talk to us – we will listen and we will act.”

He was given three months imprisonment for the offences, and will be a registered sex offender for seven years.

He was given seven months imprisonment, to run after the three-month sentence, for perverting the course of justice by witness intimidation.

Barlow was also given a Restraining Order, stopping him contacting his victim.

Investigations began when Barlow went to police with concerns people were spreading ‘malicious lies’ about him being a sex offender.

The gross indecency offences happened in Bexhill.

They involved Barlow engaging in grooming and predatory behaviour on the vulnerable young girl.

 

Sussex Police can be contacted on 101 or online.