Man jailed for sex assault – St Albans

08/05/2013

A 16-year-old was left "extremely distressed and traumatised" after being sexually assaulted by a man in Hemel Hempstead.

The attack was carried out by Ronald Lalley, 53, in the week before the girl's GCSEs started in May last year.

Lalley, who had spent the night drinking, twice sexually assaulted the girl, St Albans Crown Court heard today, Wednesday 08 May 2013.

After the sex assaults, the girl, who cannot be identified, suffered insomnia and depression in the weeks afterwards. In a victim impact statement the girl said she was "left extremely distressed and traumatised," said Simon Sterling prosecuting.

Lalley, of Kenilworth Close, Hemel Hempstead, was convicted of two charges of sexually assaulting the girl on 05 May 2012.

He was previously a Telecoms engineer and, at the time of the offence, had been working as a hospital technician.

Francis McGrath, defending, said the assaults were "opportunistic." He said he had no previous convictions.

Judge Marie Catterson told Lalley: "You have to face up to what you did that evening. You had a considerable amount to drink, an excessive amount.

"It was a disgraceful incident. You were drunk and failed to control yourself. You took advantage of a 16 year old girl. You were a man in your 50s who was many, many years her senior."

She jailed him for 4 years and passed a Sexual Protection Order banning him from being in a house with any female aged under 16 for the next 12 years. He must register as a Sex Offender for life.

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