Man sexually assaults 14-year-old girl at bus stop

Bus stop illustration 
By: Tanya Malhotra 

A man was arrested, charged and convicted of sexual assault after sexually assaulting a young girl at a bus stop, prosecutors in the United Kingdom said.

Now, the Wheathampstead man who was convicted of sexually assaulting the 14-year-old girl at the bus stop in Harpenden, was sentenced to one year in jail.

Andrew Porterfield, 46, will be released from prison immediately because of the time he has spent in jail, awaiting trial.

He was remanded into custody after violating bail conditions.

The St. Albans Crown Court heard that Porterfield, had been drinking when he asked the girl if she had a boyfriend and other personal questions.

As she moved away, he stroked her on the hip and leg. Porterfield of Wright Close, Wheathampstead, denied any sexual assault, but was convicted by the jury.

Judge Andrew Bright QC said that the offense was aggravated because the girl was only 14 years old. In addition to the jail sentence, Porterfield must register as a sex offender for 10 years.