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13 August 2016, 09:13
A man who sexually assaulted girls in Surrey in the mid-80s and early 2000s is jailed for seven and a half years.
Bruce Brewer, 54, of Southampton but formerly of Sunbury-on-Thames, had denied one count of indecent assault against one victim and three counts involving another victim but was found guilty by a jury following a trial at the Old Bailey.
The offences against the two victims, who were both between the ages of 8 and 10, took place in 1984 in the case of one victim and between 2000 and 2002 in respect of the second victim at addresses in Surrey and Nottingham.
The offences were reported to Surrey Police in August 2015 and following a number of enquiries Brewer was arrested later that month and released on bail while detectives carried out a detailed investigation.
Brewer subsequently failed to answer bail and was arrested at in Cumbria in March 2016 as a direct result of a TV appeal for information.
PC Lee Warden, who led the investigation, said: “Brewer is clearly a dangerous and predatory offender and I welcome the sentencing which will prevent him from harming others for a considerable period.
“Brewer took advantage of positions of trust over lengthy period of time to commit acts of horrifying abuse against two young victims and throughout the investigation and trial Brewer has failed to take responsibility for his appalling actions and went on the run to try and avoid justice.
“I hope this case demonstrates that there is no hiding place from the police and we will do everything possible to track down offenders and put them before the courts.
“I would like to thank the victims for the tremendous courage they showed by giving evidence during the trial and I hope that the court outcome will help them move on with their lives and put these terrible experiences behind them.
“We would encourage anyone who feels they have been a victim of a sexual offence to report it so that the allegations can be thoroughly and sensitively investigated by specialist officers.”
Brewer has also been banned indefinitely from having unsupervised access to children under the age of 16.