A "warped and persistent" paedophile has been sentenced to 17 years in prison after he was found guilty of a series of child sex offences in Brighton.
Leigh McMillan, 46 and from Milton Keynes, was found guilty of six counts of non-recent sexual offences against a girl, who was known to him, then aged between 10 and 15.
The offences occurred while McMillan lived at an address in Brighton between 1995 and 2000.
McMillan, unemployed, pleaded not guilty to a series of child sex offences and following a six-day trial at the Old Bailey was found guilty of six offences and not guilty for two offences - gross indecency with a girl under 14 and attempted rape of a female under 16.
He was sentenced on Monday (February 26) and was given a 10-year sentence for indecent assault on a girl under 14 and a seven-year sentence for attempted rape of a female under 16, to run consecutively. McMillan was also sentenced to four years for indecent assault on a girl under 14, 10 years for indecent assault on a girl under 14 and two years each for two counts of gross indecency with a girl under 14, all to run concurrently. He was given a sexual harm prevention order and placed on the sex offenders' register for life.
Judge Bruce Houlder after sentencing said McMillan “showed no remorse at all for the warped and persistent offences” he committed and the “deliberate grooming” of the victim caused her “severe psychological harm.”
Detective Constable Jemma Paterson said: “This has, understandably, been a very difficult time for the victim.
“By pleading not guilty, McMillan put his victim through the ordeal of giving evidence and having to re-live the abuse she suffered from him.
“I would like to commend her, her family and her friends who all bravely came to court to give evidence. It has been a long and stressful ordeal for the victim where we provided the support she needed and we are pleased she has finally got justice.
“The victim showed great courage in coming forward and reporting these offences back in June 2016 and I want to urge anyone who has been a victim of sexual abuse to come forward and report it to us.”
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