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Exeter man admits abducting and sexually touching a child on Boxing Day

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: February 27, 2014

Exeter Crown Court

A drifter has admitted abducting and sexually touching a child in Barnstaple on Boxing Day.

Johnathan Grant, aged 32, pleaded guilty to sexual touching of a girl under 16 and child abduction when he appeared before Judge Francis Gilbert, QC, at Exeter Crown Court.

The judge adjourned sentence and remanded Grant in custody so a psychiatric report could be prepared, which will include an assessment of his dangerousness.

Grant had a permanent address at a hostel in St David’s Hill, Exeter, but was living rough or staying with friends in Barnstaple at the time the offences took place between Christmas Day and December 28 last year.

No details of what he did were given during a short procedural hearing at which he entered his plea.

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