Jack Straw's brother guilty of sex assault

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Home Secretary Jack Straw's brother has been convicted of the indecent assault of a 16-year-old girl.

Home Secretary Jack Straw's brother has been convicted of the indecent assault of a 16-year-old girl.

William Straw, 47, had denied assaulting the girl at her home in the Bramcote area of Nottingham in April this year at a Nottingham Magistrates Court hearing.

But district judge Peter Nuttall found Straw, an Open University administrator, guilty and fined him £750 plus £275 costs. He will be placed on the sex offenders' register for five years.

The court heard how he had bumped into the girl, who is a friend of the family, while she was shopping on April 19 this year and asked her to come to his home to see his new dog.

The girl refused, as she had to revise for her GCSEs, but a short time later the father-of-two rang her home and repeated the offer.

The girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told the court Straw then rode his bike around to her house and invited himself in.

She said Straw, who is married but separated, started chatting and at one point touched part of her stomach exposed below the crop top she was wearing.

She said the pair continued to talk and Straw then asked where her bedroom was and if he could have a look. Once there he put his hands on her hips and stared at her breasts.

When she told him he was scaring her, he apologised and left.

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