A man has been put on the sex offenders’ register and given a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) following an attack on a 14-year-old girl.
Terrence Minton, 63, of Windermere Drive in Biggleswade was found guilty of sexual assault in November and was sentenced at Bedford Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, December 23.
Minton, who supplies coffee to cafes, pubs and restaurants, had pleaded not guilty to the offence which took place on April 2.
At his trial it was alleged that Minton had told the teenager that he had ‘always wanted to have sex with her’ before grabbing her bottom, kissing her and trying to pull her into a utility room.
The young girl broke free and later told her boyfriend about the attack before telling her parents and the police.
Minton denied the attack and when questioned about his comment he was advised by the duty solicitor to make no comment.
Magistrates found him guilty in November and he was released while a pre-sentence report was carried out.
The SOPO means that Minton cannot contact or approach the victim in any way. It also prevents him from having any unsupervised contact with children under the age of 18 unless a parent, guardian or responsible adult is present.
Minton was told he must register as a sex offender and was given a 12-month community order as well as being ordered to pay the girl £1,000 in compensation and £450 court costs.