Sussex child sexual exploitation trial thrown out
Three men and three boys accused of child sexual exploitation offences have been cleared after the prosecution offered no evidence.
The six had denied 14 charges, including rape and sexual assault against two girls, aged 13 and 15.
The offences were alleged to have taken place between October 2013 and February 2014 in Crawley, West Sussex.
Automatic not guilty verdicts were passed on all six defendants, at Hove Crown Court.
They were: Guillaume Augustin, 18, of Brighton Road in Crawley; Andrew Rose, 19, of Sorrel Close, Crawley; Louis Volfrin, 25, of Eddington Hill, Crawley; and two 17-year-old boys and one aged 16, who cannot be named for legal reasons.