Builder convicted of sexual activity with a child
by Keith Hunt
A builder accused of groping a teenage girl is facing sentence
after being convicted of sexual activity with a child.
Nigel Duvall told the victim she was beautiful and sent her a
text message telling her he was falling in love with her.
The 48-year-old, of Marshall Gardens, Hadlow, near Tonbridge,
denied committing the offence between February and March last
Maidstone Crown Court heard Duvall became over-friendly with the
girl and made her feel uncomfortable.
On one occasion she was standing behind him when she felt him
touching her. “In her words, he groped her,” said prosecutor Alexia
“He turned around and smiled at her in such a way that she was in
no doubt as to what it meant.”
Three texts from Duvall were found on the girl’s phone. The
first said “Beautiful” and ended with three kisses. The second
read: “You look really beautiful.” The third stated: “I think I’m
falling in love with you.”
Duvall told police he had been informed the girl had a crush on
him and he texted her “to put her off”.
“He said that when he was drunk at a party he decided, as a bit
of a joke, to send that message,” said Miss Zimbler.
“He said he had no interest in her sexually or otherwise and what
she claimed happened when he groped her wasn’t true. He said no
sexual touching took place.”
After the 10-2 majority verdict, Judge Philip St John-Stevens
adjourned sentence for reports until February 4. Duvall was granted
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