May 2017

Chef sentenced for series of sexual assaults on teen boy

A chef at a Somerset hotel and restaurant who sexually assaulted a teenage boy has been handed a community order by a judge today.

Luke ‘Lenny’ Kurylo, who worked as a chef at Ston Easton Park, had denied accusations he “dry-humped a teenage boy” at the hotel and told him: “I’m a paedophile who likes raping children.”

Kurylo, 23, of West View, Ston Easton, denied five charges of sexual assault, saying his actions were just “banter”, but was found guilty by the jury on all charges after a three-day trial at Taunton Crown Court in April.

During the course of the trial, Taunton Crown Court heard Kurylo was working at the hotel and restaurant when he targeted the teenager in 2014.

Prosecuting, Ian Dixie, said the victim had been left traumatised when Kurylo targeted him, “putting his hand over his genitals, dry humping him and cupping his buttocks”.

The alleged victim told the court Kurylo had told him he was a paedophile and describing how he had cupped his genitals and squeezed them, and slapped him on the bottom

Sentencing him this morning, Judge Robert Linford told him: “This was sexual bullying. You grabbed his buttocks and simulated having sex with him – not because you were attracted to him, but because you were bullying him.

“This is not a trivial matter, this was not just banter. You are now a convicted sex offender because your behaviour towards him was sexual. It was not just name calling, this was done to humiliate him.”

He said Kurylo was still minimising his actions and had told the probation worker who was putting together the pre-sentence report: “The victim told a better story than my barrister did.”

The judge continued: “Inappropriate sexual behaviour is not banter. It has real effects on real people.”

For each of the convictions, Kurylo was handed a three year community order, told to take part in a specialist sex offender rehabilitation program and ordered to carry out 180 hours of unpaid work.

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