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Man sentenced for assaulting teenage girl and member of rail staff – Newcastle

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A 16-year-old girl was left distraught after being sexually assaulted at Newcastle railway station. Her attacker then went on to sexually assault a member of rail staff shortly after.

The teenager had left a train and was heading to meet her mum in the station entrance when Steven Cartwright stuck on 26 August last year.

As she walked through the gate line barriers she was sexually assaulted by Cartwright, who then turned his attention to a female member of rail staff and sexually assaulted her.

The girl, who was visibly upset by Cartwright’s actions, approached her mum who, seeing her daughter distressed, raised the alarm and flagged down a police officer at the station. Officers searched the station and arrested Cartwright, who was subsequently charged with both offences.

55-year-old Cartwright, from Washington Crescent in Newton Aycliffe, Durham, had been to watch a Newcastle United match and had consumed a number of pints of beer before returning to the station at 5.30pm.

After initially denying the offences, Cartwright pleaded guilty to sexual assaulting the girl at a court appearance in November, but denied the charge against the member of rail staff.

Cartwright faced trial and was found guilty of the attack against the member of staff, and was sentenced at Newcastle Magistrates Court on 15 February to a 12-month community order, and 250 hours unpaid work. He was also ordered to pay £150 victim surcharge, was placed on the sex offenders register for five years and must complete a rehabilitation activity requirement for 20 days.

 PC Adil Ahmed, the investigating officer in the case, said: “This was clearly a distressing incident for both victims, which has had a significant impact on their lives.

 “No one should ever have to experience unwanted sexual behaviour while travelling on the rail network. We take every report of sexual assault seriously, will provide full support to the victims and will do everything we can to bring them to justice."

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