April 2021

Pervert solicitor jailed for sexually assaulting woman as she slept

Disgraced solicitor Ashley Attwood has been jailed – after he sexually assaulted a woman as she slept.

The 51-year-old recorded what he had done by taking pictures of her on his phone.

He deleted the 11 images but police recovered thumbnail versions.

Now Attwood – who is no longer a practising solicitor after being struck off – has been jailed for five years at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court.

Prosecutor Ben Lawrence said Attwood sexually assaulted the woman in August 2018.

She woke up and ‘flinched’ but fell back to sleep. However he did it again and also placed his other hand inside her bra.

He was arrested later that day. His phone was examined and police recovered 11 thumbnail images he had taken of his victim as he abused her.

In her victim statements the woman said she has been upset on a daily basis and she still struggles to sleep.

Attwood, of Pershall, Eccleshall, pleaded guilty to assault by penetration.

Judge Paul Glenn said: “You had taken 11 photos of the complainant.

“ It must have been a humiliating experience for her.

Attwood will be on the sex offenders’ register indefinitely and was barred from a range of activities involving children and vulnerable adults.