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Suspended sentence for Stanton man convicted of sex offences

PUBLISHED: 11:30 16 June 2019

Man on trial at Ipswich Crown Court over claims he sexually abused a colleague. Picture: ARCHANT

Man on trial at Ipswich Crown Court over claims he sexually abused a colleague. Picture: ARCHANT

A 60-year-old Suffolk man who sexually assaulted a teenager with learning difficulties has been spared an immediate prison sentence.

Before Ipswich Crown Court was Jonathan Guest, of Windmill Green, Stanton, who had denied two offences of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl and four offences of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl with a mental disorder but was convicted by a jury after an earlier trial.

Sentencing him to a 24 jail sentence suspended for 24 months on Friday (June 14) Judge David Pugh said Guest had kissed the 12-year-old girl on the lips and squeezed one of her breasts over her clothing.

He said the 17-year-old victim had significant learning difficulties and Guest had touched her breasts over her bra and her genital area over her trousers.

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Judge Pugh said Guest had significant learning difficulties of his own.

Guest was also ordered to do 250 hours unpaid work and ordered to take part in a sex offenders' treatment programme.

He was given a 15 day rehabilitation activity order and ordered to sign the sex offenders' register for ten years.

He was also made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order.

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