June 2021

Blackpool Elvis Presley impersonator raped and assaulted schoolgirl

A ‘predatory’ Blackpool pervert who carved a career as an Elvis Presley impersonator has been jailed for raping a 15-year-old girl

62-year-old Clayton Sandlin, also known as Clayton Mark, was sentenced to eight years in prison at Preston Crown Court on Monday

In 2018 police received a complaint from a woman alleging Sandlin, of Norkeed Court, Queens Promenade, had committed a number of sex assaults against her in 2002, when she was a teenage schoolgirl

Sandlin was working as an Elvis Presley tribute act at a show on the seaside resort’s Central Pier at the time.

The singer was voluntarily interviewed by Lancashire Constabulary in connection with the allegations, with Sandlin later being charged with one offence of rape and two offences of indecent assault.

Sandlin pleaded not guilty but following a trial he was found guilty and convicted of the offences.

This week he was sentenced to eight years in prison and slapped with a lifetime sex offenders notification and lifetime restraining order.