A man from Diss has been found guilty of two child sex offences.
Nathan Noble was today (Monday) convicted by a jury at Ipswich Crown Court of sexual activity with a girl aged under 16 and sexual activity with a girl aged under 13.
The prosecution case is that the defendant abused his friendship with the two girls by exploiting them for his sexual gratification
Noble was found not guilty of four other alleged offences of sexual activity with a child and one of causing a child to engage in sexual activity.
He had pleaded not guilty to all the charges.
After the verdicts were given by the jury, Judge Rupert Overbury told Noble that he would have to return to court next month to be sentenced for the two offences of which he had been convicted.
During the trial the prosecution alleged that Noble, 23, of Mission Road, Diss, had a “wholly inappropriate” sexual relationship with two schoolgirls.
Christopher Kerr, prosecuting, told the jury that Noble had “manipulated” his friendship with the girls, who at the time were aged 12 and 14, to make them think they were in a girlfriend-boyfriend relationship.
Mr Kerr told the jury: “The prosecution case is that the defendant abused his friendship with the two girls by exploiting them for his sexual gratification.”
The court heard that Noble was arrested after messages allegedly exchanged between him and the 12-year-old were found on a computer by her mother in October 2014.
At the time of the alleged offences in 2014, Noble was aged 21, the jury was told.
Mr Kerr said the relationship that Noble had developed with the girls was “wholly inappropriate” for their ages.
Giving evidence, Noble claimed that he had done nothing wrong and said he had never engaged in any form of sexual or inappropriate conduct with either of the girls.
Noble said that after he distanced himself from the girls when, during their friendship with him, they began to get “clingy”, they had started telling lies about him.