Lancing man given nine-year sentence for rape of Worthing woman

A man who raped a woman in Worthing while he was on prison licence serving a sentence for previous sexual assaults has been given a nine-year sentence, police have said.

Sussex Police said Richard Bright, 49, of Marlborough Road, Lancing, was sentenced at Hove Crown Court on September 3, having admitted raping the woman at an address in Worthing in October, 2018. He will serve the first seven years in prison and the remaining two years will be spent on extended licence supervision, police added.

He also remains a registered sex offender for life, and was given a renewed Sexual Harm Prevention Order to run until further court order, severely restricting his contact with women and girls, police said.

Sussex Police said that in March, 2014, Bright, in his previous name of Clive Frost and then living in Horsham, had been given a nine-year sentence after pleading guilty to offences of sexual assault against a girl.

Richard Bright, 49, from Lancing, has been sentenced to nine years imprisonment at Hove Crown Court after admitting to rape of a woman in Worthing. Photo from Sussex Police

Detective Constable Lauren Ifould, of the West Sussex Safeguarding Investigations Unit, said: “Bright met his second victim through a dating website while on licence.

“This was further very serious offending by Bright and it is good that justice has now been done in this case.”

For information about how to report sexual offences and the support that is available, see the Sussex Police website.