A man from Knutsford was convicted of sexual assault after inappropriately touching a teenage girl has been sentenced.
Jamie Griffiths appeared at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday 23 October where he was ordered to carry out 200 hours community service, handed an £80 fine and told to pay £250 compensation and an £85 victims surcharge.
He was also ordered to sign the sex offenders register for five years and ordered to pay £650 costs.
The 19-year-old, of Blackhill Lane, Knutsford, had earlier been found guilty of two counts of sexual assault following a one-day trial.
The charges related to incidents which occurred in October and November 2018.
On both occasions a 17-year-old girl was inappropriately touched by Griffiths.
In October 2018 he touched the victim on her arm using the palm of his hand after she walked past him on Blackhill Lane.
Just weeks later Griffiths touched the victim on her hip and smirked at her after coming face-to-face with her.
Griffiths was arrested in connection with the incidents on Tuesday 13 November 2018.
A subsequent examination of his mobile phone revealed a number of deleted text messages that he had sent to a family member.
Within the messages, which were sent on the morning of Thursday 8 November 2018 – just hours after investigating officers had made house-to-house enquiries in the street where he lived – Jamie talked about the incidents.
He wrote: “It wasn’t just one incident but I’m done now. Please I have uni to think about. I was just so lonely.”
A message sent to Griffiths from the family member read: “So you grabbed her butt and then ran immediately?”
Upon the completion of the trial, Police Constable Lawrence Price said: “Incidents of this nature are rare in the Knutsford area and Griffiths’ actions understandably caused a large amount of concern in the local community.
“He also caused the victim unnecessary stress and trauma.
“She was left feeling extremely anxious as a result of what he did to her and she was unable to leave her home alone, at a time when she was due to sit her mock exams.
“I hope that this conviction will provide reassurance to the victim, and local residents, and also acts as a warning to other people who feel that it is acceptable to act in this manner.”
During the trial Griffiths was also found guilty of causing criminal damage in relation to an incident at Knutsford High School.