14/08/2014 12:55 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

Kebab Shop Worker Guilty Of Assaulting 11-Year-Old Girl

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A 50-year-old kebab shop worker has been found guilty of sexually touching an 11-year-old schoolgirl.

Ali Tok of Sydenham asked the girl to sit at the back of the shop out of sight as she waited for her food order. He then told her he loved her before assaulting her.

He denied the charges at Woolwich Crown Court.

The child cried after the attack, took her food, and returned home to tell her mother what had happened.

Police went to the shop shortly after and arrested Tok who was still on duty.

Tok denied sexual assault and told the police that his face had brushed against the girl's as he helped her pick up some food she had dropped. He claimed he had also given her a consoling pat on the back as he assisted her.

Detective Inspector Jim Pryde said the girl's confidence and trust had been affected by the assault.

"The young victim has been extremely brave and there is no doubt this assault has rocked her confidence and trust in people," he said. "With the support of specially trained officers, she has seen her attacker convicted and this sends out a strong a message to anyone who sexually abuses children that they will be pursued and brought to justice."

The Bromley Times reports that Tok will be sentenced on November 29.