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23/09/2021

45-year-old Derry man found guilty of sexually abusing a ten-year-old boy over twenty years ago

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A 45-year-old local man has been found guilty at Derry Crown Court of four charges of sexually abusing a ten-year-old boy over twenty years ago. A jury found David McCallion, from Cornshell Fields, unanimously guilty of two charges of indecently assaulting the boy by touching his private parts and unanimously guilty of two charges of committing acts of gross indecency on the boy. McCallion, who had no previous convictions, had denied abusing the boy when he was babysitting him and his two sisters in their family home in the Shantallow area of the city on dates between March 1993 and April 1995. As a result of his conviction McCallion, who lived next door to the victim at the time of the offences, was placed on the Sex Offender's Register. The time he will spend on the register will be determined after he is sentenced for the offences on January 9. Judge Philip Babington released McCallion on continuing bail until then and ordered him not to have any contact with his victim. The four unanimous guilty verdicts sparked off angry and emotional verbal exchanges between members of the victim's family and members of McCallion's family, several of whom wept after the jury foreman announced the verdicts. The complainant was hugged by his wife and by other family members in the courtroom after the verdicts were delivered.

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