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Sex offender jailed after playing strip card games with children

Graham Roberts has been jailed for 14 years Photo: Sussex Police

A sex offender who played strip card games with two children has been jailed for 14 years.

Graham Stewart, 52, formerly of Spitfire Road, West Malling, routinely abused one of the girls from the mid-1990s until about 2004.

He was sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court, having been convicted of seven counts of indecent assault and five of indecency with a child.

The court heard how Stewart, a former delivery driver, encouraged the girls to play a card game in the back of his van in which they had to remove an item of clothing if they lost.

On another occasion he offered to pay them to touch him inappropriately.

There is no excuse for what Graham Stewart did to these two young girls, who showed great courage in speaking out and reporting his terrible crimes to police.

The lengthy sentence imposed on Stewart reflects the seriousness of his actions and sends a clear message to anyone else who abuses children for their own sexual gratification.

Kent Police takes all reports of historic sexual abuse seriously and I would like to assure victims that their reports will be thoroughly investigated no matter the length of time that has passed since the incident occurred.

– Detective Constable Barry Goodsell