Bexhill man and woman sentenced following sex offences

A man and woman from Bexhill have been sentenced after admitting sexual offences against a young girl, according to police.

Tuesday, 1st June 2021, 9:06 am
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Police said Dennis Bowie, 49, of Orchard Road, Bexhill, and Alice McElhinney, 33, of Cornwall Road, Bexhill, appeared at Lewes Crown Court on Friday, May 28.

A spokesperson from Sussex Police said, “Bowie, who had pleaded guilty to an offence of sexual communication with a child, two offences of sexual activity with a child, and also three offences of making indecent images of children was sentenced to a total of five years and two months.

“The indecent images were taken from the internet and are not believed to be related to any local children.

“McElhinney had admitted one offence of sexual communication with a child, and two offences of sexual activity with a child. She was sentenced to a total of three years and nine months.”

Police said Bowie will be a registered sex offender for life and was given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) to last indefinitely, severely restricting his access to children and digital devices.

McElhinney will also be a registered sex offender for life and was given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) to last indefinitely, severely restricting her access to children, according to police.

A Sussex Police spokesperson said, “The prosecution, authorised by the CPS, followed an investigation by detectives from the East Sussex Safeguarding Investigations Unit into the offences.”