Reginald Collins, 62, retired, of Freehold St, Shoreham, appeared in custody at Chichester Crown Court on Monday (September 15th). He was sentenced to four years in prison plus a six-year extended sentence, having pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to sexual assault and grooming of a 14-year-old boy on Worthing Pier.
Collins had befriended the local boy who was fishing on the pier during Easter this year, kept contacting him afterwards carried out a sexual assault on him in May.
Detective Constable Chris Merryfield-Day said; “Collins befriended the boy on the pretext of helping him with fishing equipment and tips, but clearly had a more sinister motive. As soon as the victim’s family contacted us, we identified and arrested Collins, and he has been in custody ever since.”