Southsea garage worker cleared of child sex charges

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A GARAGE worker has been cleared of a string of sexual offences.

Mark King, 23, denied abusing a young boy between 2003 and 2009.

He was found not guilty of nine charges after a trial at Portsmouth Crown Court.

Mr King, of Haslemere Road, Southsea, was facing three charges of indecent assault, five counts of causing a child to engage in sexual activity and one of attempted rape of a child.

Mr King was arrested after the boy, now 17, created a Facebook page, pretending to be a woman, and contacted him. He told the court he planned to arrange a meeting with Mr King and attack him.

But when Mr King discovered the real identity of the person on Facebook the police were called.

Mr King was arrested and said he knew the boy but denied abusing him. The jury of eight women and four men cleared him on all charges.