Driver jailed for 12 months, for assaulting teenage girl - Luton


A driver, who sexually assaulted a teenage girl as he drove her into Luton, was jailed for 12 months today, Monday, 26 January 2015.

Peter Carmichael, aged 31, pulled over and touched her inappropriately before driving on and asking her: "If we were closer in age, would you sleep with me?" When the 15-year-old girl got out of the car in Luton, Carmichael touched her inappropriately again, Luton Crown Court was told.

Prosecutor Neil King said that at the time the girl told her sister about the offence, which happened in October 2011.  It was not until a year later that she told a teacher and Social Services became involved.

Carmichael, of Saltmarsh, Melbourne Orton, Peterborough, pleaded not guilty to three charges of sexual assault, but was convicted by the jury.

Mr King said he had 21 convictions for 100 previous offences.

Andrew Hope, defending, said Carmichael still denied anything happened. He said none of his previous convictions were for sexual offences. They were linked to his long-term drink problem, which had involved him downing 24 cans of beer a day. Mr Hope said Carmichael had now taken steps to sort his life out and had not drunk alcohol for over a year. He said he had been diagnosed with ADHD and takes medication for depression.

Jailing him, Judge Barabara Mensah said: "The girl was in your vehicle - she had no prospect of escape."

Carmichael is banned from contacting the girl through a Restraining Order and must register as a Sex Offender for 10 years.

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