Man charged with raping young boy in Hove

Lewes Crown Court

Lewes Crown Court

A man has been charged in connection with the rape of a young boy at the King Alfred Leisure Centre.

Nicholas Gully, 47, a self-employed psychotherapist based in Hove, of Eley Crescent, Rottingdean, has been charged with the rape of the 14-year-old boy in the toilets at the centre on the afternoon of Sunday (January 29).

He appeared in custody at Brighton Magistrates Court on Wednesday (February 1) and was remanded in custody to appear at Lewes Crown Court on March 1.

Detectives from the Brighton and Hove Safeguarding Investigation Unit have been making enquiries since the report was first reported to police on Sunday afternoon.

Gully was arrested just after midnight on Tuesday (January 30) and was charged on the evening of the same day.

Police said the boy was ‘severely shocked’ and detectives have ensured that he has access to specialist welfare advice and support.