A MAN with mental health problems has been detained under the Mental Health Act after being found guilty of the rape and sexual assault of a young woman.
Timothy Perkins, 30, of Cornwallis Terrace, was sentenced to an indefinite order under the act after the trial at Lewes Crown Court.
Judge Barnes made the order on September 27 following the guilty verdict delivered on August 1.
The court heard Perkins was arrested on 28 July, 2011 on suspicion of raping a 24-year-old woman at her home in Bexhill after they met on an internet dating site.
During the investigation a second victim reported that she had been indecently assaulted by Perkins.
In June this year, he was charged with rape and indecent assault on a girl under the age of 16.
On 1 August he was found guilty of rape on a woman and sexual assault of a woman but not guilty of the indecent assault on a girl under the age of 16.
Sentencing was adjourned until last week and as Perkins was diagnosed as suffering from mental health issues, an order under section 41 of the Mental Health Act was also imposed which will restrict his movements if he is released.
After the case detective constable Carol Shoesmith said: “Perkins shows a total disregard for the devastating effect his abuse had on his victim,.
“She is still living with the trauma of the assault on a daily basis.
“I hope his conviction and sentence will go some way in to get on with her life knowing that justice has been served.
“I would like to appeal to any other victims of sexual abuse to come forward and not to suffer in silence.”