A MAN convicted of sexually assaulting a girl more than 11 years ago has been jailed.
Terry Armstrong had pleaded not guilty to two counts of indecently assaulting the girl, who was aged under 14 at the time, between September 2000 and September 2002.
Armstrong, from Kingsley Green, Leigh Park, had also pleaded not guilty to committing an act of gross indecency with or towards the victim in the same period when he was aged between 14 and 16 years old.
But a jury found the 27-year-old guilty of all three charges following a three-day trial at Portsmouth Crown Court.
The court heard it was ‘some years’ before Armstrong’s crimes came to light, when the victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, felt able to report the offences.
Roderick James, who defended Armstrong, said: ‘Armstrong was a 14-year-old when these offences were committed.
‘They are out of character, nothing like it has has happened since.
‘He was a child himself.’
Mr James said Armstrong has ‘lost a great deal’ as a result of his conviction for the crimes.
He added: ‘He’s lost his partner, he will have to be on the Sex Offenders’ Register, no doubt for a substantial period.
‘There’s a huge amount of shame involved in this.’
Judge Ian Pearson said Armstrong’s crimes represented a ‘significant and gross breach of trust’.
Judge Pearson said: ‘These were repeated offences against a vulnerable victim.’
Addressing Armstrong while sentencing him, Judge Pearson said: ‘I accept that you were a youth at the time of these offences and a reduction, and a substantial reduction is therefore called for.’
Armstrong was sentenced to two years in jail.
He was ordered to sign the Sex Offenders’ Register for 10 years.
Armstrong was also banned from working with children.