November 2018

Beckley sex offender jailed for crimes against women and children

Jeremy Law. Photo courtesy of Sussex Police SUS-180811-161105001

A sex offender from Beckley, near Rye, has been jailed after being found guilty of crimes against women and children.

Jeremy Law, 51, of Hobbs Lane, abused three children and two women between 2005 and 2012 in Tenterden and East Sussex, a Kent Police spokesman confirmed.

One woman came forward in June 2016 to report two incidents of sexual assault, which happened when she was just a child in Tenterden.

The investigation then uncovered another two women reporting similar abuse when they were children in East Sussex.

Law was also accused of raping a woman three times and sexually assaulting a second woman on two occasions, the police spokesman said. He was jailed for 13 years.

He was arrested in East Sussex and questioned by Kent Police officers regarding the allegations in August and November 2016.

As a result he was charged with nine non-recent offences of sexual assault and rape. Law denied the allegations but was found guilty by a jury following his trial at Canterbury Crown Court on Friday, October 26, 2018.

Investigating officer PC Chloe Chandler said: “It was only after the first victim came forward many years later that we were able to uncover more victims, all of whom have understandably been emotionally scarred from the things that Law did to them.

“Whilst there is no doubt these violations will stay with these women forever, we hope that his prison sentence will offer them some comfort that he did not get away with the crimes he committed.

“I would like to thank them on behalf of Kent Police for their bravery in coming forward and talking to us about what happened so that we could ensure he was convicted. I’m only sorry he continued to lie about it and they all had to endure a trial as well.

“Nobody should suffer from sexual abuse and we would always encourage victims to come forward, no matter how long ago it happened, as we will do everything we can to investigate and seek justice for them.”