On Tuesday 21st April 2015, at Wycombe Magistrates’ Court, a 25 year old man of Chalk Farm Road, High Wycombe pleaded guilty to one count of assault by beating and two counts of sexual assault by touching.
On Tuesday 12th May 2015, at the same court, the man was sentenced to a two year supervision order and placed on the sex offenders register for a minimum of five years. He was also ordered to pay court costs of £400, a victim surcharge of £60 and compensation to the victims totally £150.
The sentence follows an incident that occurred in the Eden Shopping Centre, High Wycombe, on Thursday 9th October 2015 when the man approached three young women before sexually assaulted two of the young women and put his arm around another woman.
The man was charged with the offences the following day.
Investigating officer, PC Richard Lunn, based at High Wycombe police station, said: ‘I would like to extend my sincere thanks to the victims who have shown great courage and bravery in coming forward to report these offences.
Thames Valley Police takes all reports of this nature extremely seriously and we have specially-trained officers who can assist victims to come forward as well as support them through the ongoing process.
The shopping centre security team’s evidence proved vital in securing the conviction and I would like to extend my thanks to them and all the witnesses, some of whom came forward as a direct result of media coverage.
[The man’s] behaviour was predatory and disturbing; his conviction is very much welcomed.
Accompanying the supervision order was a stringent list of conditions that [the man] must follow. Breaking of these conditions will put him back before the courts for re-sentence, with a possibility of a custodial sentence.‘