A police officer from Great Cornard has been cleared over allegations that he sexually abused a schoolgirl.
Scott Stevens, 41, of Bures Road, Great Cornard, had pleaded not guilty to two offences of indecent assault, said to have been committed between March 1995 and March 2001.
Today (April 18) at Ipswich Crown Court, a jury found Stevens not guilty of both offences after considering the evidence for less than two hours.
After the verdicts were returned, Judge Rupert Overbury told Stevens that he was free to leave the court.
During his trial, Stevens had strongly denied having done anything wrong and said he was unable to explain why the girl had made up the allegations.
Giving evidence, the girl who is now in her 20s, told the court that Stevens had shown her pornographic magazines and encouraged her to pretend that she was unwell in order to spend time with him.
She said she had been aged between seven and 12 when the offences occurred but had felt unable to say anything to anyone at the time about what happened.
She said that Stevens had given her gifts and alcohol to drink.
Prosecuting, John caudle told the jury that the relationship formed between Stevens and the girl had been “wholly inappropriate.”
The court heard that the allegations emerged when the girl had claimed to her father that when she was a child she had been sexually abused.
Stevens, giving evidence, told the jury that he “totally denied” indecently assaulting the girl.
Stevens said there was no truth in any of the indecent assault allegations.