A COMIC book artist has been cleared of raping and sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl. Ronald Smith, of Grange Close in Godalming, had been accused of attacking the youngster, who is now 39, for three years during the 1980s. Mr Smith maintained his innocence throughout a five-day trial at Guildford Crown Court, telling the jury he had never touched the woman “at any time or in any way” and suggesting she had fabricated the allegations out of spite. The former RAF serviceman – who drew Judge Dredd and 2000 AD – was cleared by a jury on Friday of five counts of rape, two counts of buggery and two of indecent assault.
[Thanks, Steven Stahl, for the swift link.]
Numerous reports via UK twittering that artist Ron Smith has been found not guilty of all charges.
The 80-year-old JUDGE DREDD and 2000 AD artist who was under trial this week regarding charges of sexual abuse against a teen-aged girl alleged to have occurred in the ’80s. The accuser, now 39, only came to the police recently, but Smith protested his innocence:
“It is just so ridiculous,” the former Air Force soldier said. He suggested the woman could be lying because she was bitter with him over past events.
“I never touched her in any way or at any point,” Smith added.
“I certainly never had sex with her and I did not rape her. I did not even go near her, it just did not happen.”
Smith, who told police he was being treated for skin cancer, also said he was never alone with the girl between 1983 and 1986, when the abuse was said to have happened.
“It might sound incredible but it is absolutely true,” he added. “There is not a shred of truth to these allegations, they are false through and through.”
Although we don’t have a link to a news story on the trail result, so we’ll update this when more becomes available.