Sunday, 30 August 2015

Subscriptions  |  evouchers  |  Jobs  |  Property  |  Motors  |  Travel  |  Dating  |  Family Notices

Cumbrian teenager guilty of kissing boy on lips

A 19-year-old accused of repeatedly abusing a younger boy has been cleared of all but one of the nine charges he faced.

A jury at Carlisle Crown Court found Christopher Brown, now 19, not guilty of the eight most serious allegations of sexually assaulting the boy when they both lived in Workington a few years ago.

But he was found guilty of one charge – kissing the boy on the lips – and will be sentenced on May 16.

In the meantime he was allowed bail while pre-sentence reports are prepared on him.

Judge Paul Batty QC, who had presided over the three-day trial, told him that even though he had been found not guilty of most of the allegations “this is still a troubling case”.

The prosecution had alleged that Brown’s behaviour started with “a chaste kiss on the cheek” but graduated to inappropriate touching and then to something much more serious.

In evidence Brown admitted hugging and kissing the boy but said he did it only to comfort him when he was going through a bad time at school.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE

News & Star What's On search





Vote

Have we reached saturation point with bars in the city?

No - the more the merrier. It helps to have choice

Yes - we could do with more specialist shops, not bars

As long as they are not all the same I don't mind how many there are

Show Result

Hot jobs
Scan for our iPhone and Android apps
Search for:
NEWS & STAR ON: