Man found guilty of sexual assault in Exeter
A man from Exeter has been found guilty of serious sexual offences, and another of breaching a Sexual Harm Prevention Order, at Exeter Crown Court.
On 02 December 2020, Benjamin Carr and Kieron Lord, both 32, approached a teenager and her friend as they left Exeter College. They spoke to the girls and followed them, offering alcohol if they spent some time together. The girls felt they had to go along with the men as they refused to leave them alone. They were taken to Bury Meadow Park, where one of the teenagers attempted to seek help from some passers-by, by showing them a message on her phone asking for assistance.
The group then moved to Cathedral Green where Carr sexually assaulted one of the teenagers. After the attack, the victim and her friend made their way back to Exeter College. They were both found in a distressed state later that evening by the police, who had been contacted by the group who had been shown the phone message earlier in the evening. When the police found the girls, they disclosed details of the attack and provided a description of Carr and Lord, who were arrested later that night.
Lisa Cassidy of CPS South West said “Women and girls have a right to go about their day to day life without fearing the worst or feeling harassed.
“The events of that evening will live long in the memory of the victim and I hope she feels some degree of justice and closure now that Carr has been convicted of his heinous crimes against her.
“I want to say how courageous it was for the victim to come forward and provide vital evidence that has helped convict this sexual predator and I hope this conviction will encourage any other victims of crime to come forward.”
Notes to editors
- Lisa Cassidy is a District Crown Prosecutor in the CPS South West Rape and Serious Sexual Offences Unit.
- CPS South West has a specialist team who form part of the Rape and Serious Sexual Offences (RASSO) Unit. They are trained to deal with cases featuring serious and non-recent sexual offences. To read more visit: https://www.cps.gov.uk/crime-info/sexual-offences.
- Benjamin Carr (DOB 30/10/1987) was found guilty of one count of sexual assault by penetration and causing a person to engage in sexual activity without consent. He also pleaded guilty to breaching a Sexual Harm Prevention Order from 2012 relating to an early conviction for a sexual assault. He will be sentenced at Plymouth Crown Court on 3 September.
- Kieron Lord (DOB 19/11/1988) was cleared of rape and sexual assault of a separate complainant. He pleaded guilty to breaching a Sexual Harm Prevention Order from 2019 relating to an earlier conviction for a sexual offence. He will be sentenced at Exeter Crown Court on 3 August.