Petersfield man sentenced for sexual offence against a child

By Daniel Gee   |   Head of Content   |
Tuesday 31st May 2022 2:37 pm
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Andrew Rivers, 35, of Station Road, Petersfield, was sentenced to three years in prison at Guildford Crown Court after being found guilty of committing a sexual offence against a child
Andrew Rivers, 35, of Station Road, Petersfield, was sentenced to three years in prison at Guildford Crown Court after being found guilty of committing a sexual offence against a child (Surrey Police )

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A PETERSFIELD man has been sentenced to three years in prison after being found guilty of committing a sexual offence against a child.

Andrew Rivers, 35, of Station Road, Petersfield, was also served with a Sexual Harm Prevention Order and placed on the Sex Offenders Register when he appeared at Guildford Crown Court on Friday, May 20.

Rivers was found guilty of sexual assault by touching. He has been remanded in custody.

Detective Constable Claire Phillips said: “Rivers targeted his victim, but continually denied the charge against him.

“By building a case against him, we were able to ensure the evidence we had was strong, so that Rivers could be found guilty of the crime he had committed.

“I am pleased that Rivers will now spend time behind bars, and the victim has seen justice served.

“We encourage all victims of rape and sexual assault to report this to us, either directly, through a support service, or by speaking to someone they trust.

“We will do everything we can to get justice for victims, and ensure they receive the support they need.”

Information about support for victims of rape and sexual assault in Hampshire can be found here.

To report any offences to the police, call 101. Always use 999 if someone is in immediate danger.

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