A “prominent member” of a community’s sports and social clubs already accused of rape has been charged with more than 70 offences.
Ian Elliott, 70, from North Heath near Pulborough, is already accused of 20 offences including rape, sexual assaults and grievous bodily harm.
Now he has been charged with 72 more offences from at least six people who are all male. 70 of the charges are of a sexual nature.
The offences are alleged to have happened between 1999 and the 2020s in the Horsham district where he was a “prominent member of the local community and involved in sports and social clubs”.
Elliott retired as chairman of the Sports Association in Wisborough Green in 2018.
he investigation continues and detectives are keen to hear from anyone who may have information about any offences – or been a victim themselves.
Detective Inspector Lee Horner said: “I’d like to reassure the public that we take reports of this nature extremely seriously and will do all we can to identify any offences committed, safeguard victims and hold offenders accountable for their actions.
“I understand how difficult it can be to re-live such traumatic experiences, but please know that we will listen to you and we will support you.
“You can report it online or via 101, quoting Operation Band, or you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously via 0800 555 111 or visit their website.”
He is also charged with voyeurism and administering a substance with intent to commit a sexual offence.
Elliott remains remanded in custody and is scheduled to appear in crown court for trial on November 27 this year.
“This is a significant investigation into a series of sexual assaults which took place over a number of years and could span several decades,” said Detective Inspector Jason Hazzard.
“We are particularly keen to speak to anyone who may have worked for him at any of the properties he has owned in the area.
“We are supporting several victims but there could be others who have not yet come forward and it is vitally important they do so, even if information is historic, it is just as important that we hear from you.”