BTP sergeant Mick Defries jailed for sex abuse

Mick Defries Image copyright Eddie Mitchell
Image caption Defries was suspended from duty and later dismissed from his post

A former British Transport Police (BTP) sergeant from West Sussex has been jailed for two years for sexually abusing a young girl.

Mick Defries, 58, of Barnham, near Bognor Regis, admitted two counts of sexual touching at a previous hearing at Lewes Crown Court.

The historic offences related to a girl under 16, the court heard.

BTP said Defries was suspended from duty after his arrest and dismissed from his post earlier this month.

Court officials said Defries was ordered to sign a sex offence prevention order for 12 years, sign the sex offenders register and was barred from working with children.

A BTP spokesman said Defries was previously employed by the force in the role of police sergeant and had served for 10 years.

He said: "We expect the highest professional and ethical standards from all our officers, and it is a matter of deep regret when anyone falls below those standards."

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