Several paedophiles and sexual abusers have been jailed this year already.

In the year to December 2022, the most recent figures available, Sussex saw a record number of sexual offences reported.

Some 5,293 reports of sexual offences were recorded by Sussex Police - an all-time high since equivalent records began in 2006.

It was up from 5,005 sexual offence reports recorded in the previous period.

Here are six sex offenders who have already been convicted this year.


Matthew Barca, 31, from Telscombe Cliffs, has been jailed for assaulting a four-year-old and the rape of a five-year-old when he was a teenager.

He also made indecent images of children. 

After the most recent incident, when he sexually assaulted a four-year-old in Brighton in 2021 the victim told her mother who called the police.

Saliva matching his was found on his victim’s underwear, which Barca initially said was because he was helping her use the toilet. He later pleaded guilty to four charges of sexual assault of a child under 13.

Between 2006 and 2007, when Barca was between the ages of 12 and 14, he subjected another child victim, hereafter referred to as victim B, to sexual abuse.

The Argus: Matthew BarcaMatthew Barca (Image: Sussex Police)

He raped the five-year-old at least twice and on other occasions touched her vagina and made her masturbate him.

Barca threatened victim B, telling her not to tell anyone about his abuse, saying she would be arrested or no one would believe her.

On January 3, Barca was jailed for nine years and eight months in prison, made up of four years and four months for the historic offences and five years and four months for the more recent ones, with a further four years and four months on licence. 

Barca was also sentenced to a total of 11 months in prison for making incident images of children, which are to be served concurrently.


Darren Sibley’s offending came to light when a friend of the victim reported the abuse to Sussex Police in 2020.

He repeatedly sexually assaulted a child under the age of 13 between 2011 and 2016.

Officers made contact with the victim and an investigation was launched while she was supported by specialist officers.

The Argus: Darren SibleyDarren Sibley (Image: Sussex Police)

Sibley, 40, from St Leonards, was arrested and subsequently charged with five counts of sexual assault of a child under 13, two counts of causing or inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity, one count of attempted sexual assault of a child under 13, as well as assaulting an emergency worker and failing to surrender.

On January 8, Sibley was jailed for 15 years and three months.

He was also given an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order significantly reducing his ability to reoffend; a restraining order relating to the victim and will be on the Sex Offenders’ Register for life.


Hassan Alsaadi sexually assaulted a young woman at Gatwick Airport.

He assaulted the woman in a dark area outside the South Terminal at night.

The victim was alone in the smoking area of the terminal at around 7.45pm on November 14, 2022, when she saw Alsaadi hiding in the buses nearby. He then approached her and sexually assaulted her.The Argus: Hassan Alsaadi Hassan Alsaadi (Image: Sussex Police)

On January 19, Alsaadi, 33, formerly of Kingston Hill in Kingston, London, was jailed for five months after being found guilty of sexual assault by touching.


Stephen Payne sexually assaulted four different girls aged between eight and 12 in his home in Brighton across a period of nearly two decades.

All of the offences occurred while Payne worked as a teaching assistant at Dharma Primary School in Patcham. One of his victims was linked to his time at the school.

Payne, 69, was found guilty of 13 sexual offences after a court heard he assaulted three of his victims while measuring their height against a wooden beam in his home.

The Argus: Stephen PayneStephen Payne (Image: Sussex Police)

A fourth victim was assaulted after Payne initiated an improvised game of Twister.

On January 31, Payne was sentenced to six and a half years in jail and given a sexual harm prevention order, a restraining order and added to the sex offenders register for life.


Glenn Langrish, now Stephens, started his sustained and prolonged abuse of Stephen Lewsey after giving him a job at the lawn mower shop in Crawley.

He befriended Mr Lewsey, then aged ten, over a shortwave radio in 1983.

Eventually the pair arranged to meet and the youngster began working regular weekends at ReeEven Hire with Langrish.

Over the next several years, Langrish sexually assaulted Mr Lewsey every time he worked at the shop and when he was giving him a lift home.The Argus: Glenn LangrishGlenn Langrish (Image: Sussex Police)

On February 2, he was sentenced to 15 years in prison with another three to be spent on licence.


Mark Rumbol attacked a girl under the age of 15 on numerous occasions between 2020 and 2021.

A police officer said he subjected his victim to “devastating harm” for his own gratification.

Sussex Police Detective Constable Julie Leseure said: “Mark Rumbol subjected his victim to appalling crimes for his own gratification, with no regard for the devastating harm they caused.

The Argus: Mark RumbolMark Rumbol (Image: Sussex Police)

“She has shown incredible courage and determination to report the abuse and support this investigation through to its conclusion.

“Thanks to her bravery, Rumbol is now behind bars where he can cause no further harm."

On February 7, Rumbol was sentenced to 11 years in jail and given a restraining order and Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

He will also be on the Sex Offenders’ Register for life.