A SEX offender admitted assaulting his vulnerable teenage victim — but only AFTER he was convicted by a jury.
Lee Scott (44), of Maltby, had denied the assault, committed in April 2019, and stood trial at Sheffield Crown Court in January.
He sexually assaulted a teenage girl in April 2019 by lifting up her top as she slept.
While Scott still denied the assault, his victim had to re-live her ordeal by giving evidence to the jury.
But they were convinced of his guilt and convicted him at the end of the trial on January 22.
Scott was put in custody until his sentencing hearing on Monday (22) but was spared a prison sentence.
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Mitigating, Ms Joy Merriam said: “Following conviction, Lee Scott has admitted his guilt in relation to the offending.
“He has been subjected to severe harassment at his home address including a threat, which the police and fire service took seriously, to firebomb his address.
“His partner, with the assistance of the police and the fire brigade, is seeking rehousing.
“He has suffered already substantially as a result of his conviction for this offence.”
Ms Merriam said Scott now felt shame and remorse for his offending.
She said Scott had struggled with his mental health and his risk to the public could be managed in the community.
Judge Sarah Wright sentenced Scott to a year in prison, suspended for two years, and put him on the sex offenders’ register for ten years.
Addressing Scott, she said: “You have to be sentenced for this offence of sexual assault of a girl committed in April 2019 when you lifted up her top as she slept and was therefore vulnerable.
“You tried to persuade her to say nothing about it.”
Judge Wright said Scott’s offending had had a significant impact on his victim and those close to her.
“You have accepted your guilt of this offence,” she said.
“I hope that is a genuine acceptance and you are not just saying what you think the court wants to hear.
“Your victim has had to give evidence, causing further trauma for her.”
Judge Wright said the offence clearly deserved jail time but she had been persuaded that Scott could be rehabilitated in the community.
She gave Scott a sexual harm prevention order for seven years and banned him from contacting his victim via a restraining order for seven years.
Judge Wright also ordered Scott to complete up to 35 days of rehabilitation activity requirement.