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A man has been sentenced to six months imprisonment and placed on the sex offenders register for seven years after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl.
Paul Albert Smith, 35, of Bolton Road, Leicester, had been standing trial at Leicester Crown Court after originally denying the offence but changed his plea to guilty yesterday (Wednesday) during the trial.
The victim of the offence had confided in a family member following the incident which happened in April this year. The victim reported the defendant had tried to kiss her and had touched her inappropriately. She had managed to record some of the incident on her phone.
Smith was arrested and following investigation was charged with the offence.
Following his guilty plea, Smith was sentenced to six months imprisonment and placed on the sex offenders register for a seven-year period.
Detective Constable Kam Kalia said: “The bravery of the victim to confide in a family member which then led to the incident being reported to police allowed us to fully investigate. The fact that the victim was able to record some of the incident also helped us massively when bringing this case to court. My thanks go to the victim for her bravery and co-operation throughout this investigation which has led to this conviction.
“We urge anyone who has been the victim of any kind of sexual offence to speak to someone and to report it to us. We will take action and we will help in providing support to you. You can report online to us at www.leics.police.uk or by calling 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.”