Brighton man jailed for abusing two young girls more than 40 years ago

Peter Kerridge, 69, of Old Court Close, Brighton, was sentenced to a total of 18 months imprisonment having been convicted of two counts of indecency with a child, said police. He will also be a registered sex offender for ten years.
Peter Kerridge, 69, of Old Court Close, Brighton, was sentenced to a total of 18 months imprisonment having been convicted of two counts of indecency with a child, said police. He will also be a registered sex offender for ten years.

A Brighton man is starting a prison sentence for sexually assaulting two young girls more than 40 years ago.

Peter Kerridge, 69, of Old Court Close, was sentenced to a total of 18 months imprisonment at Brighton Crown Court on October 11, having been convicted of two counts of indecency with a child – said Sussex Police.

Officers said he was sentenced to 18 months for the count involving the younger girl and six months for the count involving the older girl, to run concurrently.

He will also be a registered sex offender for 10 years, said police.

Detective Constable Paul Heal of Brighton Investigations said: “This abuse went unreported for over 40 years as the victims kept their distressing experiences to themselves until one of them finally found the inner strength to contact us in 2016.

“During our investigation we identified a second victim and both supported the prosecution, giving evidence against Kerridge at his trial.

“I would like to praise the immense courage shown by both of the victims in reporting this abuse and then giving evidence in court.

“This is a further example of the way in which we treat all reports of this nature seriously.”