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Crawley man jailed for sex assaults
12:16pm Thursday 18th July 2013 in News
A man who sexually assaulted two girls in his home has been jailed for five years.
Robert Arklie, who used to live in Seaford Road in Crawley, was found guilty after a five-day trial at Hove Crown Court on Friday 12 July, on two counts of sexually assaulting one girl and on the other girl two counts of sexual assault and one count of sexual penetration.
The 66-year-old assaulted the girls between 2004 and 2006 when they were were aged between seven and nine at his home where his wife acted as a child minder.
Arklie, now of Glebe Road, Cranleigh, Surrey, was also ordered to be a registered sex offender for life on his release from prison.
Detective Constable Dani Flude said; "The victims were very brave to come forward. They had to overcome a very natural human barrier to disclosing what had happened to them, and we ensured they received proper welfare and support so that they could give evidence in court and help ensure that justice was done.
"It is another example of the way in which the criminal justice system will support victims of such offences however long ago they happened."
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