A young man has walked free after a jury cleared him of a string of child sex offences alleged to have taken place when he himself was 14-years-old.
Sixteen months after he was first charged, and following two crown court trials, John Todd was acquitted of nine charges of sexual assault against a girl under the age of 13.
The 24-year-old, of King’s Park, Leigh, was arrested in late 2017, and in September 2018 was tried for the first time at Bolton Crown Court.
After long deliberations, the jury was unable to reach even a majority verdict and the judge discharged it, ordering a re-trial.
This has now taken place at the same court, but before a new jury, which this time found the defendant not guilty on all counts.
Mr Todd was told he was a free man.
A family member told WiganToday that Mr Todd’s life had been “made hell by the false allegations.”