January 29, 2018 4.22 pm This story is over 46 months old

Lincoln man guilty of sex attacks on boys, including four-year-old

Guilty of child sex attacks

A hospital worker convicted of sex attacks on young boys is to face sentence next month.

Alex Hepburn was on Monday, January 29 found guilty by a jury at Lincoln Crown Court of charges involving five boys. He was cleared of five further charges.

Hepburn, 28, of Garfield View, Ermine West, Lincoln, had denied all 11 charges

The jury deliberated over three days before returning their verdicts.

During the trial Andrew Vout, prosecuting, said that Hepburn indecently touched boys over a number of months, the youngest of whom was just four years old.

The offences came to light after he was arrested over a separate matter which was not subsequently pursued.

Mr Vout said that checks carried out on Hepburn’s computer revealed a stash of over 2,500 pornographic images of children, including 401 in the most serious category.

Hepburn was found guilty of a total of six charges of sexual assault of a child.

Two of the verdicts were by an 11-1 majority and two verdicts by a 10-2 majority.

The offences took place between January 1 2016 and July 8 2017.

He was cleared of four charges of sexual assault and a further charge of inciting a child under the age of 13 to engage in sexual activity. He did not give evidence during his trial.

Hepburn admitted three charges of making indecent photographs of children, three charges of distributing indecent images of children and a further charge of possession of a prohibited image of a child.

Judge Simon Hirst adjourned sentence until February 9 and Hepburn was remanded in custody.

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