American businessman found guilty of sexually assaulting girl, 12, in Willesden
PUBLISHED: 10:58 21 December 2015 | UPDATED: 10:58 21 December 2015
An American businessman has been found guilty today of molesting a 12-year-old girl in Willesden but could face a retrial accused of raping her.
Securities trader John Mandeng, 47, pounced on the girl on a day between January 2005 and December 2006.
The Old Bailey heard he assaulted her twice when she was alone in the bedroom of a property.
Jurors found Mandeng guilty of two counts of sexually touching a child but they failed to reach a verdict on whether Mandeng raped the girl.
The Crown Prosecution Service will decide on Wednesday whether they will push for a retrial of the rape charge.
The victim had formed a close relationship with Mandeng during time they spent at a Catholic prayer group in Tottenham Court Road.
She first complained about Mandeng several years after the attack, after asking teachers at her school what could be done about ‘things in the past’.
But once she had been interviewed, police found Mandeng had returned to the USA and could not be traced.
A warrant was put out for his arrest, and he was eventually traced after sending tweets to the victim.
During the trial, prosecutor, Gary Venturi said: “On the day of the incident she was alone with Mr Mandeng in the property with another child and what had started as overly tactile horseplay moved to something more sinister.
“He followed her to the bedroom where he found her laying on her back on top of the bed clothes.
“He then began groping her.”
The judge, Mr Recorder Oliver Sells QC remanded Mandeng in custody until a sentencing hearing on a date to be set.
Mandeng, of no fixed address, denied one count of raping child under 13 and two counts of sexually touching a child under 13.