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Sierra Leone Court Convicts Australian UN Investigator for Indecent Assault

A court in Sierra Leone has convicted a United Nations investigator from Australia on charges of indecent assault of a 13-year-old Freetown girl.

Peter Halloran, who is 56, was sentenced to 18 months in prison. He has denied the charges and says he will appeal.

Last month, Halloran was acquitted of the most serious charges in the case - unlawful carnal knowledge and procuring a girl under the age of 14.

He worked as an investigator for the U.N.-backed war crimes tribunal in Sierra Leone, which is trying former combatants for abuses committed during the nation's decade-long civil war.

The girl said she was sexually molested by Halloran after she applied for a job as a babysitter.

The U.N. tribunal also probed the charges, but said there was not enough evidence to pursue a case.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.