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Kent man found guilty of sex assaults on young girls

Darren Jeffries Image copyright Surrey Police
Image caption Darren Jeffries actively sought out young girls on the internet to groom, police said

A Kent man has been found guilty of a series of sex offences against young girls described by one senior police officer as "truly sickening".

Darren Jeffries, 48, of Sittingbourne, was found guilty at Guildford Crown Court of nine charges, including grooming and abduction.

At a previous trial he was convicted of 11 similar charges. He will be sentenced on 11 February.

Det Ch Insp Juliet Parker said Jeffries had "no moral boundaries".

The nine most recent offences were all committed in Kent.

Det Ch Insp Parker, from Surrey Police, said: "The verdicts reflect the truly sickening nature of Jeffries's crimes.

"He had no moral boundaries, abusing whoever he had a predilection towards and actively seeking out young girls on the internet to groom."

At a trial in October, Jeffries, was convicted of four counts of rape, six of gross indecency with children and one of causing a female under 13 to engage in sexual activity.

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