A man has been handed an 18-month prison sentence for sexually assaulting a teenage girl over a three-hour period, leaving her mentally ‘scarred and mistrusting’.
Rohit Gupta, of Little Station Street, Walsall, assaulted a 16-year-old girl in a cinema and its car park and then told her the attack was their ‘little secret’.
He was sentenced to 18 months in jail at Wolverhampton Crown Court for two counts of sexual activity with a child under 18. Gupta had been found guilty by a jury at an earlier trial after he denied the charges.
Sentencing him, Judge Amjad Nawaz described to the court how Gupta had met the 16-year-old girl at Bescot Market and they went to a cinema on July 22, 2012, where he carried out the attack.
“You began rubbing and touching her leg and she became so uncomfortable that she got up to get drinks and popcorn. When she came back you then sexually assaulted her,” said Judge Nawaz.
“She couldn’t get away so she called a friend, but had to leave with you because she was in unknown territory.
“While she was waiting for her friend, you then continued to abuse her in your car. You even moved your car to hide what you were doing. The abuse went on for some time – you were in her company for three hours.
“She has been left scarred. She is now mistrusting of human relationships and others around her. At the age of 16 that is very sad and very serious. She will be left with that her whole life.
“At the trial you called her a liar. You even said to probation that you felt disappointed that she made these allegations after you had spent £25 on her.
“You have no remorse at all. That is indicative of what you said to her – that it was ‘your little secret’.”
Defending 40-year-old Gupta, Mr Akaal Sidhu urged the judge to consider an alternative to jail, such as supervision. “He is aware that he must be punished for this offence, he should be dealt with by way of rehabilitation,” said Mr Sidhu.
“There are some issues from his past. This has been aggravated by issues with his marriage and alcoholism. He is trying to deal with that voluntarily.” Gupta was jailed for 18 months yesterday for each offence, to run concurrently.
He will be on the sex offenders register for 10 years and is prohibited from living or sleeping in the same house as a female child under 16 unless given permission from social services and the child’s parents. He is also prohibited from having contact with or working, even if voluntarily, with a child under 16 without the same consent.