A man who systematically sexually abused four different children over a period of 22 years has been sentenced to 24 years behind bars.
Malcom Barber, 42 from Reigate, was sentenced today (9 July) at Guildford Crown Court after pleading guilty to 23 offences including rape of a child, inciting sexual activity with a child, sexual assault by touching and taking indecent images of children.
The allegations against Barber first came to light in 2017 after one of the children came forward with details of the abuse. Three further victims were identified around the same time, all detailing similar experiences of sexual abuse committed by Barber. The first allegation took place in 1999 and the last was shortly before his arrest in February 2017. Most of the offences took place in Reigate.
Barber would sexually abuse the children, all under 13 at the time of the offences, on multiple occasions. When he was arrested by officers, images of the abuse were found on his mobile.
Barber was ordered to serve at least 16 years of his 24 year term, plus five years extended license. He will also remain on the sexual offenders register for life.
DS Lisa Betchley, who works under the Reactive Investigation unit, said: “The sexual abuse these children suffered at the hands of Barber is sickening. I would like to commend the victims’ overwhelming bravery which has been an inspiration to us all throughout this difficult process.
“I hope that this sentence goes someway in providing closure for the victims and their families.”
For further support and advice, please contact the National Association for People Abused in Childhood https://napac.org.uk/