June 2021

Silverton man guilty of sexually assaulting child

A Devon man has been warned he will be sent to jail after being found guilty of sexually assaulting a child.

Graeme Ellis, 56, from Silverton, has been standing trial at Exeter Crown Court accused of multiple offences dating back several years.

He denied seven offences against a child aged under 13. The jury took a little under two hours to reach unanimous guilty verdicts on all charges.

Judge Timothy Rose told him: “You’ve been found guilty of all seven counts. I can’t proceed to sentence today I need time to read certain reports.”

Ellis was released on conditional bail until the sentencing hearing in two weeks.

“You have got that period of time to prepare yourself for what will be a prison sentence. When you come back before the court, it’s certain you will be sent to prison.”

Ellis was told he must sign the Sex Offender Register.

The defendant will return to court for sentence on June 24.