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AustraliaEx-navy ship captain guilty of child sex offences

16:16  14 august  2019
16:16  14 august  2019 Source:   9news.com.au

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Sex offences committed against two brothers in Darwin and Alice Springs between 2006 and 2008 have finally caught up with the former captain of HMAS Choules, David Graham.

A jury was unanimously convinced Graham inappropriately touched the boys and attempted sexual intercourse on one.

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Crown Prosecutor Stephen Geary said the brothers later revealed to each other as adults the abuse they suffered by the same man.

One of the victims also confessed to two of his high school girlfriends.

The former Royal Australian Navy Commander was found guilty on three counts of indecent dealing with a child under 10 years, three acts of gross indecency, including one charge relating to a child under 16, and attempted sexual intercourse.

Graham was only found not guilty on one count of aggravated assault.

Ex-navy ship captain guilty of child sex offences© 9News Graham (right) arrives at court.

Graham, who was extradited to Darwin from Canberra, vigorously denies the conduct, but agrees he gave one of the victims alcohol, and slept in the same bed as the other.

His sisters and former colleague Commander David Westcott stood firm, saying it's "inconsistent" with his character and they would trust Graham around their children.

Counsel Tom Berkley didn't apply for pre-sentence bail.

Graham will now spend his first night behind bars before his sentencing next Wednesday, where victim impact statements will be read out.

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