A man has been sentenced to 18 years and 8 months in prison for sexual offences against children.
Dean Hilton, 46, from Canvey Island pleaded guilty to 24 offences at Basildon Crown Court today, Friday 10 January.
The offences took place over an 8-year period, from June 2011 to September 2019. He was sentenced to 18 years and 8 months imprisonment and five years on extended license.
When passing the sentence, the judge deemed Hilton to be a dangerous individual.
Hilton will have to serve two thirds of his sentence before being considered for release and will be put on the sex offenders register for life. He has also been issued a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.
Investigating Officer, Detective Constable Louise Poole, oversaw the case. She said: “I want to take the time to praise the courage of the victims in coming forward to report these vile offences.
“I hope that this will offer them some reassurance as to how seriously the police and criminal justice system take these offences.
“Hopefully, this sentence encourages other victims to come forward and feel able to report any abuse they may be suffering, or may have suffered.”
Hilton pleaded guilty to the following offences: Three counts of rape of a child under 13; Five counts of sexual assault by penetration of a child under 13; One count of assault by penetration; Eleven counts of sexual assault of a child under 13; Four counts of sexual assault