Man who sexually abused boys in Haslemere and Farnham is jailed

August 9, 2018

A 56-year-old who was well known in the community has been jailed after sexually abusing six boys for decades.

Geoffrey Horne, 56, abused boys in their early teens in Haslemere , Farnham and East Hampshire between 1980 and 2007.

The former Haslemere resident was found guilty of 14 child sexual offences and was sentenced to 11 years in jail at Kingston Crown Court on Tuesday (August 7).

The trial, which concluded on June 4, was Horne’s second trial after he was found guilty of downloading indecent images of children in March.

Horne was arrested in November 2016, following allegations made by one of his victims.

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As the investigation progressed, other victims were identified.

Horne is said to have bought them alcohol and supplied controlled drugs in order to facilitate the abuse.

Horne’s conviction follows an extensive 20-month investigation by Detective Richard Pegden of Guildford Criminal Investigation Department.

Geoffrey Horne sexually abused six boys
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Detective Sergeant Nicky Gardner said: “Horne was a calculating and manipulative individual who took advantage of boys who were, in many cases vulnerable due to their social circumstances.

“He manipulated the situation to ensure the boys would be unlikely to speak out and if they had, would be unlikely to have been believed. This left him free to offend repeatedly.

“Some boys were subject to a single assault whilst other’s abuse went on for months or even years, with each boy thinking they were the ‘only one’.

“The courage shown by these men to stand up and publicly talk about their abuse is commendable, it was a huge decision especially when many had never told anyone, even family or friends.

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“I am incredibly grateful for them to have put their trust in the Police and CPS to take this case forward and I hope that they can take a step forward knowing they no longer have the secret to hide.

Surrey Police understand that rape and sexual assault, historic or recent, is a difficult and sensitive crime to report for all survivors. We will always listen and respect your wishes whilst providing you with appropriate advice and support.

“I would also like to thank the prosecutors Mr Smith and Miss Acker of 23 Essex Street Chambers for their hard work in relation to this case.”

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