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A man has been jailed for sexual offences against children.
Dean Hilton, 46, from Canvey Island pleaded guilty to 24 offences at Basildon Crown Court today, Friday January 10.
The offences were:
Three counts of rape of a child under 13;
Five counts of sexual assault by penetration of a child under 13;
One count of assault by penetration;
Eleven counts of sexual assault of a child under 13;
Four counts of sexual assault
The offences took place over an eight-year period, from June 2011 to September 2019.
He was sentenced to 18 years and eight 8 months imprisonment and five years on extended license.
Hilton will have to serve two thirds of his sentence before being considered for release and will be put on the sex offenders register for life. He has also been issued a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.
Passing sentence, the judge deemed Hilton to be a dangerous individual.
Investigating Officer, Detective Constable Louise Poole, said: “I want to take the time to praise the courage of the victims in coming forward to report these vile offences.
“I hope that this will offer them some reassurance as to how seriously the police and criminal justice system take these offences.
“Hopefully, this sentence encourages other victims to come forward and feel able to report any abuse they may be suffering, or may have suffered.”