Stepdad sentenced for sex assault

PUBLISHED: 09:13 21 February 2008 | UPDATED: 22:12 26 October 2009

A STEPDAD found guilty of groping his teenage stepdaughter has escaped a jail sentence. The 49-year-old Hatfield man had denied the attack, claiming he was sleepwalking at the time. Judge Michael Baker sentenced the man, who cannot be named in order to

A STEPDAD found guilty of groping his teenage stepdaughter has escaped a jail sentence.

The 49-year-old Hatfield man had denied the attack, claiming he was sleepwalking at the time.

Judge Michael Baker sentenced the man, who cannot be named in order to protect his victim, to a community order for 18 months.

A jury at St Albans Crown Court had previously heard he went into the girl's bedroom late at night and "groped and fondled" her until she stopped him.

The man must also sign the sexual offenders' register for five years.

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