Man molested student he found laying in street
A MAN who discovered an 18-year-old woman lying on the ground while he was out delivering newspapers sexually assaulted her.
Kevin Clayton was on his early morning round when he stumbled on the student, who had fallen over after a night out boozing.
Though he purported to show concern, and called an ambulance, he molested her as he adjusted her dress, Bristol Crown Court heard.
Clayton, 54, of Jamaica Street, Kingsdown, pleaded guilty to sexual assault in June and was jailed for 21 months.
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Judge Julian Lambert told him: "You picked on a vulnerable young woman and took heinous advantage of her. It was a dreadful invasion of a young girl's body. It was callous exploitation."
Clayton was told to register as a sex offender for ten years.
James Ward, prosecuting, said the student had been to a nightclub and then to a friend's home, which she left at 4am and became lost.
Mr Ward said: "She was staggering around on a cold, rainy night. She either fainted or fell in Hazelbury Road."
Mr Ward said Clayton appeared on the scene, asked her if she was alright and said he would get an ambulance.
He told the court: "Mr Clayton tried to sit her up. She was on her left side and the defendant tugged her dress down to make her decent."
It was as he did so, the court heard, when he saw the woman exposed and carried out the opportunistic attack lasting one to two seconds.
Mr Ward said: "She told him to get off and pushed him in the chest.
"An ambulance arrived and she was hysterical and crying, telling him to get away from her.
"The defendant left the scene but the police arrived and arrested him."
Clayton admitted what he had done and offered no explanation, the court was told.
The victim made a statement in which she said she had changed because of the assault, and no longer went out drinking.
Jason Taylor, defending, said his client was a broken man for what he had done, and was remorseful.
He said his client suffered from a heart condition, had left his wife because he was ashamed and now lived in sheltered accommodation.
Mr Taylor said: "He feels the court should lock him up and throw away the key."