February 2015

Pervert jailed for ‘settee assault’ on two schoolgirls 20 years ago

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A MAN who indecently assaulted two schoolgirls as he sat between them on a settee has been jailed for two years.

Ashley Lewis, 40, carried out the attacks more than 20 years ago when the girls were aged 13 and 14.

He denied the offences but was convicted by a jury following a seven-day trial at Hull Crown Court.

Lewis, of Haven Garth, Hedon, was found not guilty of 16 other alleged historic child sex offences, including one of rape.

The court heard one of the victims knew Lewis was “doing something” to the other girl while she was being abused, but did not know what.

The second girl did not know Lewis was assaulting the other.

Neither victim can be identified for legal reasons.

The court heard the younger victim was “flattered” by Lewis’s attentions and thought he was “good-looking” and “fancied her”.

Judge Mark Bury said she did not protest and “did not regard herself then or now as a victim of child abuse”.

Judge Bury told Lewis the other girl “felt uncomfortable. She knew it was wrong, she did not fancy you”.

Lewis had been drinking alcohol before abusing the girls, but was not drunk, the court was told.

The judge told him: “Ashley Lewis, you are now 40 years old. You have been convicted by a jury of two offences of indecent assault, which took place one summer evening.

“You are of good character and a working man.

“I ignore the fact that the evidence has shown you to be a serial philanderer.”

Lewis fought back tears in the dock as the judge told him: “The offences took place in the presence of the other complainant.

“This disparity in age is noteworthy because you were adult and considerably more mature.

“Offences of this type are too serious to be dealt with by anything other than an immediate sentence of imprisonment.”

Lewis must also sign the sex offenders’ register for ten years on his release from prison.