New Milton children's entertainer Steven Oxborrow found guilty of rape and sexual abuse of girls
A CHILDREN’S entertainer from New Milton has been found guilty by a jury today (Tuesday) of the rape and abuse of young girls.
Steven Oxborrow (33), of Wilverley Road, was convicted at Southampton Crown Court of 12 charges relating to three girls. The offences took place between January 2005 and June 2012.
The court heard he raped a 12-year-old girl in a toilet after grooming her, telling her elaborate stories including that ninja assassins could get her and she had to swap saliva with him as part of a ritual.
Oxborrow also had indecent images of the same victim, and police found more "generic" images of children on his laptop after it was seized by officers.
The offending came to light when the mother of one of the girls saw messages and indecent pictures which had been exchanged between her daughter and the defendant.
During his trial, Oxborrow had denied committing any of the offences.
They included raping a child under 13, two of sexual assault of a child, five counts of sexual activity with a child, sexual assault and three matters relating to indecent images.
He told the jury that, as a child, he did not have any friends, only imaginary ones he played with in the garden.
Telling the court he had attended a special needs school, he claimed he bought the laptops from a Bournemouth pawn shop and lacked the intelligence to operate a computer beyond using Microsoft Word.
Oxborrow was also a sports instructor who had been CRB checked, the court heard, and he had not come to the attention of police before committing the offences.
He is due to be sentenced at Southampton Crown Court on 26th May.