Sexually abused girl in stable after tractor ride

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A MAN who sexually abused a young girl after luring her to a stable block has escaped jail.

Father-of-three Colin Male took the youngster on a tractor during a visit to a farm and then persuaded her to go to the stables where he indecently touched her.

Male (37), of Waverley Close, Morton, denied sexually touching the girl on August 1, 2011, but was convicted by a jury following a trial.

He was given three years’ supervision and was ordered to attend a sex offenders rehabilitation group.

Male, who appeared at Lincoln Crown Court last Friday, was placed on the sex offenders’ register for five years and ordered to pay £500 towards prosecution costs.

Recorder Stephen Lowne told him: “If you breach the order by not complying with any of the directions I want this case brought back before me and you will go to prison.

“You sexually exploited a young girl. You did so deliberately. It was no accident. You lured her into a dark stable and there you abused her. It must have been terrifying for her.”

The recorder said Male had coached a young witness who gave false evidence in his favour and told him: “In one sense you have abused her as well.

“What you have done to both children is unforgivable.”

Praising the complainant, Mr Lowne said: “She was an honest and compelling witness who was telling the absolute truth. She told it as it was. There should be no doubt in anyone’s mind of that child’s integrity.”

Edna Leonard, defending, said Male was the sole breadwinner for his family and was anxious to retain his freedom so that he can provide for them.