Teenager Christopher Mancini jailed for sexual offences

Christopher Mancini Image copyright Sussex Police
Image caption Mancini carried out the sexual offences over a seven-year period

A teenager from West Sussex who committed 49 sexual offences involving 13 teenage boys has been sentenced to 18 years imprisonment.

Christopher Mancini, 19, of Pierpoint Close, Hurstpierpoint, targeted mostly vulnerable young boys in the area where he lived over a seven-year period.

He was convicted following a trial at Lewes Crown Court last October.

He was told he would spend 10 years of his sentence in custody, and would be on an extended licence for eight years.

He was also issued with an indefinite Sexual Offences Prevention Order and will be registered as a sex offender indefinitely.

Online offences

Mancini was convicted of 34 sexual offences involving 10 boys on dates between 2005 and 2012.

Twenty-four were of causing or inciting sexual activity, five were of sexual assault, four were of making indecent images of children, and one was of rape.

Mancini had also pleaded guilty before the trial to 15 offences of sexual activity with a child, involving three boys, one of whom was one of the 10 boys who also gave evidence in respect of some of the not guilty pleas at the trial.

Six of the sexual activity offences took place online involving three boys in other areas of the UK.

All the other sexual activity offences were contact offences which took place in Mid-Sussex involving boys known to Mancini.

He was found not guilty of one offence of rape.

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