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Southampton man sentenced for sexually assaulting young child

|News, Sexual offences

A 33-year-old man has been sentenced today (8 October 2021) at Southampton Crown Court for sexually assaulting a four-year-old child in Houndwell Park, Southampton.

Giovanni Sagaria, from Southampton, assaulted the girl in August 2021 whilst she was playing in the Play Park.

He pleaded guilty to sexual assault in September 2021 and was today sentenced to two years imprisonment.

Sagaria was also made subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for three years and will be on the sex offenders register for 10 years.

Samantha Wright, CPS Wessex Senior Crown Prosecutor, said: “The child in this case was completely unknown to Sagaria. She told her family what had happened straightaway which meant that police were able to identify the perpetrator very quickly.

“The strength of the evidence meant that he had no choice but to plead guilty.

“The CPS, working in collaboration with Hampshire Constabulary, was able to deliver swift justice to ensure Sagaria received the appropriate punishment for his crime.

“We would like to thank the brave victim and her family for reporting this case to the police and for supporting the prosecution case.”

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