Man sexually assaulted teen

PUBLISHED: 14:26 25 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:38 25 May 2010

A WESTON man who sexually assaulted a young teenage girl says he deeply regrets his actions.

A WESTON man who sexually assaulted a young teenage girl says he deeply regrets his actions.

Francesco Young pleaded guilty to touching a 15-year-old girl at a hearing at North Somerset Courthouse in St Georges last week.

The 46-year-old entered a house in Weston on December 28 where the girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was sleeping and he started to stroke her leg.

Sue Thomas, prosecuting, said: "The girl does not live in this area but was staying with her mother at the time.

"At 3am she was asleep in bed at her mum's address in Weston.

"She was awoken by the defendant who was touching the inside of her thigh and bottom.

"She was wearing pajamas and tried to brush his hand away.

"She saw him leaning next to her bed and then he ran away from the property, so went and complained to her mum."

Later that same day Young, who lives in Locking Road, was arrested and interviewed by police.

He said he had been out drinking and was disgusted and ashamed about what he had done.

Young, who has not worked since his arrest due to stress and worry about the case, said he remembered grabbing the girl and then running away.

After he was charged he was warned not to contact the girl or go to her mother's address, but he tried to get a message to the victim's mother and she once awoke to find Young, who used to work as a builder, in her home.

Charles Hart, defending, said: "My client has very little recollection of what took place but he was completely honest with police.

"He is totally remorseful for what he did and to this day is totally devastated by his actions.

"The mental state he was left in made him want to make contact with the victim's mother - he wanted to apologise. He didn't do it to intimidate anyone."

Young was given an 18-month community order, 100 hours unpaid work, a curfew requirement for eight weeks, ordered to pay £85 costs and must keep in regular contact with the police.

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