Man jailed for sexual assault and battery - Sandhurst


A man appeared at Reading Crown Court on Friday, 07 November 2014, and was jailed for more than five years for sexual assault and battery.

Stephen Chaters, aged 24, a soldier based at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, was sentenced after being convicted of one count of sexual assault and one count of battery.

Chaters had been out drinking in Camberley and in the early hours of 26 May 2013, he returned to the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst with friends and the victim, a 21-year-old woman, who he had just met.

While inside a bedroom, Chaters became aggressive and sexually assaulted the woman. The victim tried to leave and Chaters followed her in to a car park where he grabbed her hair and banged her head on the ground.

He was arrested at the scene on 26 May last year and was charged with the offences on 12 November 2013.  Chaters was unanimously found guilty by a jury of the offences on 03 October.

He was sentenced to five years and nine months imprisonment for the sexual assault and three months imprisonment for the battery to run concurrently, making a total sentence of five years and nine months imprisonment.