A 55 year old man from Guestling is among six men due to appear in court charged with serious sexual offences against a 16-year old girl.
Khosrow Sobhanieh, 55, of North Lane, Guestling, will appear at Brighton Magistrates Court on Thursday June 5 alongside Christopher Kayla-Joseph, 26, of Elphick Rd, Newhaven; Mohammed Kamali, 45, of Harper Road, Newhaven; Stephen Daramola, 47, of Park Lane, Eastbourne; Khalid Del-Rosario, 44, of Upperton Road, Eastbourne; and Guiseppe Carella, 18,, of Brighton Road, Newhaven.
All six are charged with conspiracy to arrange the prostitution of a child.
Kayla-Joseph is also charged with two offences of supplying cocaine - one together with the boy and one with Kamali, Daramola, and Del-Rosario.
Carella is charged with rape. Sobhanieh is also charged with two offences of rape and Daramola is also charged with sexual assault.
The charges, authorised by the Crown Prosecution Service, follow a 12-month investigation, Operation Firehill, by East Sussex detectives into information that the girl, from Brighton, had allegedly been subjected to the offences whilst staying at a flat in Newhaven in May last year.
This is the first prosecution in Sussex for alleged child sexual exploitation by a group.
Detective Chief Inspector Mark Ling said; “Although this case is now before the courts, we can say that all reports of this type will be taken seriously and investigated wherever possible. Anyone with information about such alleged offending can contact us via 101 at any time via 101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and arrange to speak in confidence to detectives. We can also help arrange access to a range of other support.”