Brighton man jailed for sex offences against small children

John Dowds SUS-190813-110411001
John Dowds SUS-190813-110411001

A Brighton man has been sentenced to three years in prison after being convicted of a series of sex offences against two small children.

John Dowds, 56, unemployed, of Thorndean Road, Brighton, was sentenced at Hove Crown Court after a 12-day trial that ended on July 23 with his conviction for multiple offences against a boy and a girl in Brighton in the 1980s, said police.

He will also be a registered sex offender for life.

Officers said he was found not guilty of similar offences against another young girl.

Detective Constable Stewart Cameron of the Brighton Safeguarding Investigations Unit said: “Dowds had been convicted in 1990, following a police investigation, of an indecent assault against the boy, and was sentenced to two years’ probation.

“However, there was insufficient evidence at that time for further action against Dowd in relation to the boy or one of the girls.”

Three years ago, the victim decided to contact police again.

DC Cameron added “Our enquiries elicited more information from him and from the girl.

“We built a compelling picture of the way in which Dowds had ingratiated himself with the victim’s families over time, and systematically taken advantage of these innocent young children for his own sexual gratification.

“The two victims resolutely gave evidence at the trial and we are glad that justice has now been done for them after all these years.

“Anyone who has been the victim of such offences can come forward, no matter how long ago they happened.

“Contact us online or by calling 101, and arrange to talk in confidence to experienced investigators.”