Monday, July 6, 2009

Judge Dredd artist cleared of child rape

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.