A lorry driver from Wolverton, Milton Keynes who sexually assaulted a 13 year old girl over 10 years ago, was spared jail today (Friday).
Simon Merivale, 43, touched the girl over her underwear on one occasion saying: “It is normal to do this.”
Merivale, of Aylesbury Street West, Wolverton, was convicted at Luton crown court of one charge of indecent assault committed some time between 2002 and 2004. He had no previous convictions.
Anne Faul, defending, said Merivale does not accept he carried out the assault, but accepts the jury’s verdict. “The offence took place for a couple of seconds. He is a torn man who is devastated by this,” she said.
Sentencing him, Judge Laura Harris said: “The impact on the victim was significant.” But she said she was able to suspend a jail sentence because he had no previous convictions and had not committed any other offences.
She passed a six month sentence suspended for two years. He was ordered to carry out 200 hours’ unpaid work. He must register as a sex offender for seven years and abide by the terms of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order banning him from contact with anyone under 16.