NSPCC praise victims after Rusthall rapist Chiron Hutchinson

Lee Colyer

Victims have been praised for their ‘immense courage’ in speaking out against rapist Chiron Hutchinson who was last week sentenced to 20 years in prison.

The former public schoolboy, 20, of Mount Pleasant Road, Uckfield, was described as “aggressive, dangerous and predatory” after his sentencing on Wednesday (October 25).

A jury at Maidstone Crown Court previously found him guilty of raping a woman in Tunbridge Wells twice on October 2 last year and then raping a woman in Harmony Street, Rusthall, on October 8.

Hutchinson previously admitted to two offences of unlawful sexual activity in relation to a teenage girl but was acquitted of further charges.

Judge Mark Dennis QC sentenced him to 20 years in prison with a further eight years on licence, as part of a suspended sentence. It is understood he will serve at least 12 years.

A spokesman from The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) said: “This is a shocking case in which Hutchinson carried out a series of sexual attacks with a child among his victims.

“Each has shown immense courage in speaking out about their ordeals and ensuring that Hutchinson is now facing the consequences of his crimes.”

Maidstone Crown Court previously heard Hutchinson, who attended St Bede’s School in Hailsham, lied about being a stockbroker and owning a flat in London. In reality he lived with his mother.

Detective chief inspector Tony Pledger, of Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate said: “Chiron Hutchinson is an aggressive, dangerous and predatory sex offender.

“He forced his victims to endure some truly harrowing ordeals, committing a number of very serious sexual offences within a period of just one month.”

Hutchinson was arrested on October 12, following the Rusthall rape and the Kent Police investigation led to other victims coming forward.

He was found guilty at the same court in September.

DC Pledger added: “These victims have subsequently shown tremendous courage to give evidence in court and ensure Hutchinson is now serving a lengthy prison sentence.

“Without their bravery I have no doubt Hutchinson would have remained a persistent and significant threat to any young women who may have encountered him.”

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