July 2017: Charlton has now been released

November 2016

Carlisle man jailed for sexual assault

A man who sexually assaulted a teenager after plying her with alcohol has been jailed for 16 months.

Christopher Paul Charlton, 45, was sentenced at Carlisle Crown Court today (TUES). He had previously admitted a charge of sexual assault following an incident on 11th September.

The court heard how Charlton was arrested by police after his victim was “found in the street in distress”.

Since then she had suffered from anxiety, sleeplessness and spent nights reliving her ordeal.

Passing sentence, the judge, Mr Justice Davis, said he was unable to impose the suspended jail term that had been sought on the defendant’s behalf.

“You know what you did was very serious indeed,” the judge told Charlton, of Jubilee Road, Carlisle. “You had plied her with alcohol.”