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Pervert who used alcohol and drugs to abuse young girls jailed for 20 years

PUBLISHED: 11:35 15 December 2015 | UPDATED: 11:42 15 December 2015

Clive Broughton

Clive Broughton

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The abuse lasted across nearly 30 years

An Orpington man who abused eight young girls has been jailed for 20 years.

On December 11, Clive Broughton, 53 of Kingsgate Close was found guilty of 23 offences, including rape of a female under the age of 16, at Croydon Crown Court.

Broughton, who knew all of his victims, coerced and intimidated the girls as he abused them.

He provided his victims with alcohol and recreational drugs as well as using emotional blackmail to keep them silent.

Ranging from physical sexual abuse to taking indecent photographs, Broughton’s offences date back to 1985 and lasted until 2014, during this time his victims, some of whom were as young as seven, never realised the other girls were also being targeted.

One of Broughton’s victims came forward in 2014, 20 years after she was abused by Broughton at the age of 13.

Broughton was then charged with multiple offences in October 2014.

Detective constable Carly Stannard of the sexual offences, exploitation and child abuse command said: “His offending went unnoticed for many years but now, finally, he has been forced to face the consequence of his actions.

“I would like to praise Broughton’s victims who have shown immense courage to put their trust in the police and I hope this sentencing gives them some form of closure.

“Broughton thought he could get away with his crimes but this demonstrates the commitment of the Metropolitan Police to pursue any person, no matter how much time has passed since their offending, and put them before the courts.”

The court also heard that Broughton had a history of previous offending including convictions for indecently assaulting a female under the age of 14 and taking indecent images of children.

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