Braintree man convicted of sexually assaulting a schoolgirl

30 July, 2017 - 11:00
Ipswich Crown Court

Ipswich Crown Court

An Essex man accused of sexually assaulting a schoolgirl will be sentenced in September after being convicted by a jury.

Michael McClements, who was living in Chelmer Road, Braintree, initially touched the inside of the girl’s thigh but she pushed him away, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

McClements touched her again and put his legs over her legs before trying to remove her underwear, said Petr Gair, prosecuting.

The teenager told him to stop. He did as she asked before indecently touching her after pulling down her underwear.

McClements pleaded not guilty to sexually assaulting the victim by penetration in February last year.

Following his arrest, the court was told he denied that the incident had taken place.

Giving evidence, he said he did not remember the incident and disapproved of the behaviour he was accused of. Sentencing was adjourned until September for a pre-sentence report.

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