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1 February 2017, 05:50 | Updated: 1 February 2017, 05:51
A Brighton man has been sent to prison for a total of 15 years, with an extended sentence period of five years, over a series of sex offences against a young girl over a period of seven years, and possession of indecent images of children.
Ashley Borrer, 37, unemployed, currently of Hillside, Brighton, was sentenced when he appeared in custody at Lewes Crown Court on Tuesday (31 January).
He had been found guilty on 29 November of six counts of rape, and four of sexual activity with a child, all against the girl at an address in Portslade and elsewhere, when she was between eight and 15 years old, until 2012.
Borrer had also pleaded guilty to three offences of possession of indecent images of children.
Judge Guy Anthony also ordered Borrer to be a registered sex offender for life, and issued him with a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) to last indefinitely, severely restricting his access to children and computers.
Detective Constable Duncan Chalmers of the Sussex Police Safeguarding Investigations Unit said; "This victim came to us in 2014, having endured an appalling series of sexual abuse. Borrer knew her, and had systematically taken advantage of her from childhood onwards and it was only after several years that she felt able to talk about what had happened. We then worked carefully and sensitively with her, finally enabling her to see a measure of justice done to Borrer.
"Even while he was on bail awaiting his trial our Paedophile On-Line Investigation Team (POLIT) received information that Borrer was downloading indecent images of children at his current address. When they arrested him and exmained his computer they found the images, including some of the most serious nature."
All the images were taken from the Internet and did not involve the sex offences victim or any other local children.