December 2009

Sex assault woman, 29, sentenced

A WOMAN who indecently assaulted a teenage girl at a party in Huntingdon has been given a suspended prison sentence.

Kim Sharp, 29, will also be on the sex offenders register for five years after being convicted of grabbing the 13-year-old victim’s groin.

Judge Neil McKittrick told Sharp: “This was an unpleasant incident.”

He said he hoped that by sentencing Sharp the victim would be able to put the incident behind her and get on with her life.

Bisexual Sharp, of Norris Road, St Ives, denied sexual activity with a child, but was convicted by the jury at Peterborough Crown Court.

She was sentenced to 16 weeks’ imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, with nine months of supervision, which will run alongside a 32-week suspended prison sentence imposed last month, with 80 hours of community work, for supplying cannabis and possessing LSD.

The court heard that Sharp had been at a party at a housing complex in Huntingdon last July.

The girl, who had gone outside with friends, felt her groin being grabbed and initially suspected a male family friend she was cuddling, but Sharp said it had been her and touched the girl again.

Witnesses said they heard what Sharp had said and saw her touch the girl again.

The 13-year-old was said to have been shocked by what had happened. She told her mother and they later made a complaint.

Sharp denied that she had touched the girl or that she had been attracted her.

She said she had not even been in the area when the incident happened.

Kate Tompkins, defending, had told the jury that there were too many inconsistencies in the accounts of what had happened for them to be certain of Sharp’s guilt.