Man is con­victed of child sex as­sault

Rossendale Free Press - - Memory Lane -

A MAN has been found guilty of sex­u­ally as­sault­ing a young girl.

Craig An­thony Bell, of Burn­ley Road East, Lumb, was charged with sex­u­ally as­sault­ing a child and caus­ing or in­cit­ing a child to en­gage in sex­ual ac­tiv­ity. The court was told the his­toric of­fences hap­pened in the Rossendale area.

Bell, 47, was found guilty after a three- day trial at Pre­ston Crown Court.

He will be sen­tenced on De­cem­ber 8 and has been or­dered to sign the sex of­fend­ers reg­is­ter.

Emma Ke­hoe, pros­e­cut­ing, told a jury at Pre­ston Crown Court that Bell sex­u­ally as­saulted and touched the com­plainant and also made her per­form a sex act upon him.

The jury was told that Bell ‘de­nied com­mit­ting any of the of­fences or any sex­u­ally in­ap­pro­pri­ate be­hav­iour at all’.

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