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A man has been found guilty of four charges of sexually abusing a 10-year-old boy over 20 years ago

A man has been found guilty of four charges of sexually abusing a 10-year-old boy over 20 years ago

A man has been found guilty of four charges of sexually abusing a 10-year-old boy over 20 years ago

A man has been found guilty of four charges of sexually abusing a 10-year-old boy over 20 years ago.

The jury at Londonderry Crown Court found David McCallion (45) unanimously guilty of two charges of indecently assaulting the boy by touching his private parts and unanimously guilty of two charges of committing acts of gross indecency on the boy by getting the child to engage in an indecent act.

McCallion, from Cornshell Fields, who had no previous convictions, had denied abusing the boy when he was babysitting him and his two sisters in their family home in the Shantallow area of the city on dates between March 1993 and April 1995.

As a result of his conviction McCallion was placed on the sex offenders register. The time he will spend on the register will be determined after he is sentenced for the offences on January 9.

Judge Philip Babington released McCallion on continuing bail until then and ordered him not to have any contact with his victim.

The four unanimous guilty verdicts sparked off angry and emotional verbal exchanges between members of the victim's family and members of McCallion's family.

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