A man has been jailed for six years after grooming a nine-year-old girl and sexually abusing her.
Graham Shelbourne, 52, of Newbery Close, Edwinstowe, befriended the girl and bought her gifts before sexually assaulting her, the court heard.
He was arrested on 30 April and charged with sexually assaulting a girl under 13 by touching, attempting to sexually assault a girl under 13 by touching and inciting a girl under 13 to engage in sexual activity.
He denied the offences when he appeared at Nottingham Crown Court but was today (Thursday 14 September) found guilty following a four-day trial.
DC Kerry Peace, of Nottinghamshire Police’s Child Abuse Investigation Unit, said: “Nothing will ever make up for the abuse that Shelbourne’s victim suffered but hopefully she can take some comfort knowing that he has now been put behind bars.”