‘Donald Trump-inspired grope’: military dismissal and sex offender registration avoided after sexual assault conviction

31.05.17 | |

A, a senior aircraft man, after conviction for sexual assault, avoided both dismissal from the RAF and requirement to registration as a sex offender. 

 

A was convicted at a courts martial. The Military Tribunal Board comprised a Crown Court judge and three RAF service personnel. The Board observed that conviction for sexual assault always means that dismissal is the first consideration for a sentencing Board. 

 

The threshold for registration pursuant to the Sexual Offences Act 2003 for a sexual assault on an adult victim is a period of imprisonment, a twelve-month community sentence, or 112 days in detention. 

 

The Court also refused the prosecution’s application for a service compensation order. 

 

The facts were opened for sentence against A as follows. " 'A' drank in a Rothschild bar. He talked to a fellow serviceman about then US President candidate, Donald Trump. In jest, a bet was made with 'A' that, if he grabbed "a girl by the pussy", he would have free drinks bought for him."

 

Abigail Bright was instructed by Alice Dodd, solicitor, business defence and regulatory law, Cartwright King, alice.dodd@cartwrightking.co.uk

 

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