Peter Ross from Croydon guilty of 'acting out sexual fantasies' with young girls
A paedophile accused of acting out his sexual fantasies with children has been convicted of indecently assaulting two young girls.
Father-of-two Peter Ross, 56, trawled the Internet in search of sexual pictures of children before preying on two girls, both aged under 13, at his home in Croydon.
Ross, who is married, abused a nine-year-old and and 12-year-old girl who visited his house separately between 2003 and 2005.
Ross persuaded the older girl play a "game" which meant she would to sit on his lap. He would then rub her genitals.
He partially undressed the younger girl, pulling down his jeans and knickers, before sexually touching her.
When the older victim reported the abuse to police in 2006, Ross and his family abandoned their home so quickly they left the doors open.
The girl initially dropped the allegations as she did not think police believed her, but detectives reopened the investigation into Ross when the younger victim reported being abused last year.
When police arrested Mr Ross at his home in Beech Drive, Tadworth, in July 2012 they seized his computer and found it had been used "for years" to seek out indecent images of children.
During a trial at Croydon Crown Court, which began last week, prosecutor Tom Wilkins told Ross: "You have a long-standing sexual interest in children which you indulged in fantasies on line and, as we have heard with these two girls, you sometimes put into practice."
After two days of deliberations, a jury his afternoon convicted Ross of three indecent assaults, two against the older victim and one against the younger girl.
They also found him guilty of six counts of making indecent photographs of children.
Ross was found not guilty penetrating the older victim's genitals with his hands.
He was remanded in custody and will be sentenced on November 8.
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