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 A Fort Nelson man has been convicted of sexually abusing his granddaughter.

Over a 10-year period the grandfather sexually abused his granddaughter who was either living with him or visiting from 1997 to 2006. The granddaughter disclosed the abuse after being caught shoplifting.

During a discussion with a probation officer following the 2006 shoplifting arrest, the granddaughter revealed that the abuse had occurred between the ages of 4 and a half and 14-years old.

The girl started school in Fort Nelson and then spent her teenage years in Fort St. John and Dawson Creek. After leaving Fort Nelson the girl would visit her grandparents for several weeks each summer where the abuse continued.

At one point the girl voluntarily left her mothers home to return to Fort Nelson to live with her grandparents until her grandfather was arrested on the charges of sexual abuse.

The trial took place last month in Dawson Creek and on Thursday September 3rd, BC Supreme Court Justice Anne MacKenzie decided the grandfather was guilty and charged him with four charges of sexual touching, three counts of sexual touching of a person under the age of 14 and one count of inviting a person under 14 to sexually touch.

The judge did impose a publication ban on the name of the grandfather, grandmother and the sexually abused girl.

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