Ex-licensee of The Engineer, Newhaven Pub, committed child abuse offences

A man dubbed a “predatory sex offender” has been blamed for a series of sex offenses against a young girl.

Robert Daniels, 75, is said to have committed seven offenses against his victim between 2013 and 2019 – while he was a pub licensee.

Daniels of Ellis Garden Court, Newhaven was the licensee of The Engineer at Railway Road, Newhaven at the time of the offences.

Detective Sergeant Nick Green of Eastbourne’s Safeguarding Investigations Unit said: “Robert Daniels is a predatory sex offender who nurtured not just one child but an entire community.

“I want to thank his young victim for the incredible courage she has shown in reporting these crimes and assisting in the investigation through to prosecution. “While the unique circumstances of this case made imprisonment unfeasible, Wednesday’s verdict confirms that Daniels was responsible for these horrific crimes and holds him accountable.

“The enacted Sexual Harm Prevention Order, as well as the renewal of Daniels’ registration on the sex offender registry, was intended to ensure that he could not cause further harm to the victim and her family while protecting other children in the community. ”

Daniels had been deemed unable to plead the offenses as he had been diagnosed with dementia.

A jury at Hove Crown Court returned a sentencing statement on Wednesday November 23 saying Daniels committed the offences.

He has now been issued a seven-year Prevention of Sexual Harm Order, which severely restricts his dealings with children and his victim.

Daniels was forbidden from contacting his victim or her family. He was also ordered not to enter The Engineer pub or Railway Road.

He was previously on the sex offender register in 2018 for a previous unrelated crime. He will now be kept on the register for a further seven years following these offences.

Daniel’s victim was praised for her “incredible courage” in telling her story and helping with the investigation.

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