Police sergeant pleads guilty to abusing teenage girl

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A BRITISH Transport Police sergeant has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl.

Mick Defries, 58, of Barnham, appeared at Lewes Crown Court today (December 12) for a preliminary hearing and pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual assault of a female child under 13.

He has been remanded in custody and will be sentenced on January 10.

A British Transport Police spokesman said: “BTP can confirm that Sergeant Defries, who has served with the force for ten years, has been suspended from duty following his arrest and charge by Sussex Police.

“BTP’s professional standard’s department is assisting Sussex Police with their investigation.”