Paedophile jailed after sexual assault on girl

Ian Skilling (Photograph: Sussex Police)
Ian Skilling (Photograph: Sussex Police)

A Portslade man was jailed for seven years after sexually assaulting a young girl – and police said it was his second sentence for child sex offences in a decade.

Sussex Police said Ian Skilling, 49, a driver, of Wolseley Road, Portslade, was sentenced at Portsmouth Crown Court on Friday (September 7) having been found guilty on July 9 of sexual assault on a girl in Steyning in 2016.

He was also sentenced for breaching the conditions of a 10-year Sexual Offence Prevention Order which began in March 2010, imposing severe restrictions on any contact with children under 16.

Skilling was sentenced to a total of seven years in prison, with an extended three-year licence.

Police said Skilling will also be a registered sex offender for life and was given an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) which police said will severely restrict his access to children under 16.

The case followed an investigation by police from the West Sussex Safeguarding Investigations Unit.

Skilling had previously been sentenced to 15 months in prison at Lewes Crown Court in March 2010, having been found guilty of two counts of sexual activity with a girl under 16.