An Eastbourne man, who sexually abused two young girls over 45 years ago in Kent, has been sentenced to 12 years behind bars.
Paul Anthony Augustin Philpott, from Kingfisher Drive, was arrested by detectives in December 2013 after an allegation by a woman who is now in her 50s.
While Kent officers were investigating the case, another victim came forward and this led to the 79-year-old being charged with five sexual offences committed between 1954 and 1974. These offences were committed in Tunbridge Wells.
In total, there were five charges of gross indecency against him and one count of indecent assault.
Philpott denied all of the charges against him but was found guilty of five of the six counts by a jury at Maidstone Crown Court on 11 April. He was found not guilty of one count of gross indecency.
He was sentenced at the same court yesterday (14 June).
Detective Constable David Turner, the investigating officer, said, “Paul Philpott sexually abused these very young girls and they have had to live with the trauma of what had happened well into adult life.
“This conviction shows that reports made by victims of historic abuse will always be taken seriously and we hope his prison sentence will encourage other victims of this type of abuse to come forward.
“Any complaint of this type will be investigated thoroughly by specialist officers, with victims treated with care and understanding.”
An NSPCC spokesperson said, “This is a truly distressing case. Paul Philpott’s victims have had to live with their terrible experiences for more than five decades.
“It’s vitally important that abuse victims come forward and report what has happened so that they can get the help they may need and so that abusers can be brought to justice.
“Adults with any issues or concerns can call the NSPCC Helpline on 0808 800 5000. Children and young people can call ChildLine on 0800 1111, or get help online at www.childline.org.uk.”