Man convicted of sex act

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A man from St Leonards has been convicted of carrying out a sexual act in the presence of two young children. David Gazzard, 55, of Whatlington Way, St Leonards, appeared at Lewes Crown Court on Monday, October 6, having pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing.

He was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment, suspended for two years, for sexual activity in the presence of both children. He was also required to register as a sex offender for 10 years. Gazzard had been seen performing a sex act in his back garden on the evening of July 20 this year, while clearly aware that two small girls were at the upstairs window of a nearby house. The two girls were very upset and told their mother. She immediately contacted police who arrested Gazzard later that night. Detective constable Barry Chandler said; “This was a very deliberate and blatant offence and the two youngsters were most distressed. However Gazzard has now been brought to justice.”