Terrifying ordeal of ‘screaming’ girl, 13, sexually assaulted on cycle path by this pervert
Pervert James Moore grabbed a 13-year-old girl before sexually assaulting her as she cycled away from a park.
The victim – who was with a younger child at the time – suffered ‘significant psychological harm’ and is now afraid to play outside following the terrifying incident near Brindley Ford park.
It happened just an hour after a 28-year-old woman fled when Moore approached her and asked if she had a boyfriend.
Now the 28-year-old defendant – who has 40 previous convictions – has been handed a 26-month prison sentence after pleading guilty to the sexual assault and riding a motorbike while disqualified.
Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard last year’s incident happened on a bridge across Whitfield Greenway.
Prosecutor Brian McKenna said: “The two children saw the defendant standing on the bridge next to a motorbike. As they passed him he asked the girl if she had a boyfriend and she said that she didn’t and moved on.
“He then grabbed his victim around the waist with one hand and held her as she tried to wriggle free. He placed his other hand down her leggings for a few seconds. He let her go and the two rode off and were shaken. They called for help and police were contacted.
“The defendant was arrested the following day. He made no comment in his interview and denied any sexual touching. But they held an identification parade and he was picked. The victim’s clothing was sent off for analysis and it showed the defendant’s DNA on the inside of her leggings.”
Moore, of St John’s Road, Biddulph, also admitted failing to appear in court last month.
The court heard the girl was ‘screaming’ when she contacted her mum.
Judge Paul Glenn said: “The girl’s statement is quite moving and no girl of her age should feel like that. She speaks of feeling unsafe and fearful even when playing out in the street. She must have been terrified at both the time and during the aftermath. She will have suffered significant psychological harm.”
Moore was also handed a 12-month driving ban which will take effect when he is released from prison.