Jersey torchbearer Ralph Mauger, 77, guilty of child abuse

A Jersey man who was chosen to carry the Olympic torch has been convicted of indecently assaulting young girls.

Former Centenier Ralph Mauger, 77, from Grouville, was charged with seven counts of indecent assault and one of inciting an act of gross indecency.

But at the Royal Court, he was convicted of five counts of indecent assault, cleared of two further counts and the gross indecency charge.

He was remanded in custody and is due to be sentenced on 16 January.

Mauger had been chosen as an Olympic torch bearer in Jersey but pulled out following the charges being laid in March.

The offences related to three girls, and were carried across and an eight-year period, between 1998 and 2006.

The court was told one victim was six when Mauger started abusing her, and was subjected to attacks over a three-year period.

During the trial at Jersey's Royal Court, which lasted more than a week, the court heard evidence from the three victims via video link and in person.

Centeniers are senior members of the honorary police force. They are the only officers in Jersey able to charge and bail offenders.

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