Pervert lottery winner guilty

A LOTTERY winner who scooped a small fortune after matching five numbers and the bonus ball has been found guilty of three sex attacks, one on a girl of just 12.

A LOTTERY winner who scooped a small fortune after matching five numbers and the bonus ball has been found guilty of three sex attacks, one on a girl of just 12.

Wheelchair-bound Rodney Hogan, 65, and his wife Rita won a massive £77,058 following a National Lottery draw on New Year's Day 1998.

Hogan, a former carpenter, is now facing a spell behind bars after a jury found him guilty of three counts of indecent assault.

Ipswich Crown Court heard one of the assaults, against a girl aged 13 or 14, happened at a party.

The girl said Hogan, of Fitzgerald Road, Bramford, had been pouring her drinks.

Charles Kellett, prosecuting, said: “He put his arm at one stage around her shoulder and then he kissed her on the mouth.

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“It was full-on and he also put his tongue in her mouth. He then put his hand around her neck and his hand down her top.”

A further assault was committed against a woman over the age of 16 between December 2000 and January 1, 2004.

Mr Kellett said: “He grabbed her wrist with one of his hands.

“He pulled out his penis saying something like 'touch this'.”

The woman then poured a drink over Hogan's crotch saying it would cool him off.

Hogan was also found guilty of a third assault against a girl aged 12 or 13 between March 21, 2002 and March 20, 2004.

The girl said that Hogan had slapped her bottom, kissed her neck and pushed himself against her from behind.

Mr Kellett added: “She bottled it up. She felt depressed, disturbed and sleep deprived. It made her feel uncomfortable.”

Hogan was found not guilty on a fourth count of indecently assaulting a woman over the age of 16 by “cupping” his hand over her breast.

During the trial Naomi Perry, representing Hogan, said the claims were made up as part of a “conspiracy” against her client.

She added that Hogan had been impotent since 1996.

Judge Peter Thompson granted Hogan bail until October 26 when he will appear at Ipswich Crown Court for sentencing.

Hogan was forced to give up his job as a carpenter in 1997 due to Parkinson's Disease.

Speaking at the time of his lottery win Hogan said: It's a lovely amount to win because we can change our lifestyle and make things a lot more comfortable.”

Lottery villains:

Hogan is not the first National Lottery winner to get in trouble with the law.

Michael Carroll, a £9.7m lottery winner, was this year ordered to attend anger management classes after threatening a train commuter.

Carroll, 23, of Downham Market, Norfolk, was previously jailed for nine months after admitting affray and threatening teenagers with a baseball bat.

And this week a National Lottery winner was fined after falsely claiming benefits worth thousands of pounds.

Brian Baldwin, 67, of Carmarthenshire, won more than £220,000 in 2005 but failed to declare it.

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