Babysitter not guilty of abuse
A BABYSITTER has been cleared of sexually assaulting a little girl after telling a jury that the abuse never took place.
Graham Stone, 63, said the alleged victim must have imagined the abuse more than 30 years ago, when she was aged between five and seven.
Stone said he had occasionally been strict while babysitting but denied a string of allegations that he made the little girl strip naked as a punishment.
He also denied touching her under her nightie while visiting her upper bunk bed and said he had only gone to her room to check her welfare.
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Former Tiverton resident Stone, now of Widgery Road, Exeter, denied six counts of indecent assault and was cleared of all charges by a jury at Exeter Crown Court.
During the two-day case the alleged victim, now in her 30s, sobbed as she recalled alleged punishment.