Notts man jailed for six years for sexual abuse of a child

Nottingham Crown Court

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.

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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.

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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.”