Appeal court judges clear convicted man of molesting girls

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A MAN who was convicted of sexually molesting two teenage girls has been cleared on appeal by top judges.

Glen Alan Cross was given a 12-month community order at Portsmouth Crown Court last December after being found guilty of four sex offences.

But the 41-year-old, of Eversley Crescent, was exonerated last Friday (October 19) after judges sitting at London’s Criminal Appeal Court overturned the jury’s verdicts as ‘unsafe’.

Lord Justice Hughes, sitting with Mr Justice Teare and Mr Justice Lindblom, told the court Mr Cross was accused of kissing one of the girls inappropriately and of molesting the other.

He was found guilty after a trial on two charges of indecent assault against one girl and two of sexual activity with the other.

However, his lawyers argued that the trial judge had misdirected the jury about how the evidence of one alleged victim might affect the testimony given by the other.

Allowing the appeal and quashing the convictions, Lord Justice Hughes said the directions given by the trial judge were ‘over-robust’.

He added: “That is enough to compel us to conclude that these verdicts are unsafe.”

Crown lawyers said they would be no re-trial of the case.