Diss man to be sentenced for kissing schoolgirls

Sentencing will take place next month

Sentencing will take place next month

A 23-year-old Diss man will be sentenced next month after being convicted of kissing two schoolgirls.

Nathan Noble had denied a total of seven offences involving sexual activity with the two girls, who were aged 12 and 14, and was cleared of five of the charges after a trial at Ipswich Crown Court.

The jury found Noble guilty of kissing the 12-year-old girl and guilty of kissing the 14-year-old girl.

Sentencing was adjourned until the week commencing June 2 for a pre-sentence report.

Noble, of Mission Road, had denied three offences of sexual activity with a child under 16 and one offence of causing a child to engage in sexual activity in respect of the 14-year-old girl and three offences of sexual activity with a child under 13 in respect of the 12-year-old girl.

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He was convicted of one offence of sexual activity with a child in respect of each of the girls relating to kissing them in a sexual way. The offences dated back to 2014.

During the trial Christopher Kerr, prosecuting, told the court the police were contacted after the mother of one of the girls found messages on her computer which suggested Noble was having 'wholly inappropriate' relationships with her daughter and another girl.

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When Noble was challenged about the allegations he claimed he had been friends with the girls but they had started getting 'clingy'.

He said they were 'obsessed' with him and when he pushed them away they did not like it and had told lies about him.

After his arrest Noble denied the allegations.

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