March 2021

Eastbourne man jailed for second time for child sex offences

An man from Eastbourne is back behind bars for a second spell over child sex offences – on this occasion for a total of seven years

Daniel Graham Turner, 33, of Longstone Road, was sentenced at Lewes Crown Court on March 2, having pleaded guilty to a series of offences of making and distributing indecent images of children, and of breaching a previously imposed Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

The first four years of his sentence will be served in custody, and the other three years will be on prison release licence supervision.

He will continue to be a registered sex offender for life and to be the subject of the SHPO, severely restricting his access to digital communications equipment and children.

Police say all the images were acquired on the Internet and none were believed to be of local children.

Turner’s renewed offending was uncovered when officers from the Sussex Police Paedophile Online Investigation Tea received intelligence that he had been accessing indecent images of children online.

They went to his address in Eastbourne, arrested him and seized various digital devices from detailed examination which it became clear that Turner had been downloading indecent images of young girls including some of the most serious type, had exchanged images with others and engaged in online chat about his desires in relation to them.

Turner had previously been jailed at Hove Crown Court in September 2016, for four-and-a-half years after pleading guilty to:

  • Causing or inciting a girl under 13 to engage in sexual activity;

  • Nine counts relating to making/distributing indecent images of children

– all when he was living in Polegate.

He was also placed on the sex offenders’ register for life and was made subject to the indefinite SHPO.

September 2016

Sussex cleaner jailed for sex offences

An Eastbourne man has been jailed for a number of sexual offences involving children.

Daniel Graham Turner, 29, a cleaner, of Cavendish Place, was jailed for four and a half years after pleading guilty to a number of sexual offences involving children between 2004 and 2014.

Turner appeared for sentencing at Hove Crown Court on Tuesday (September 13).

He pleaded guilty to:

  • Causing or inciting a girl under 13 to engage in sexual activity 

  • Eight counts of making an indecent photograph/pseudo photograph of a child 

  • Distributing an indecent photograph/pseudo photograph of a child 

He was found not guilty of the rape of a girl under 13 at Hailsham.

Sussex Police said an earlier trial had resulted in a hung jury.

In addition to the jail term, Turner was also placed on the sex offenders’ register and is subject to an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order.