Restaurant worker jailed after girl reported his attacks when she received sex education at school

A restaurant worker is behind bars after his child victim reported his attacks on her when she received sex education at school and realised his behaviour was wrong.

By Karon Kelly
Thursday, 9th June 2022, 6:27 pm

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Robert Beveridge sexually assaulted a youngster in Sunderland and she kept her silence about what happened for years.

Prosecutor Richard Herrmann told Newcastle Crown Court it was after a sexual education class that the girl started to understand how wrong it was and confided in her mother and the police.

Beveridge, 24, of Dumbiedykes Road, Edinburgh, who works front of house for a restaurant chain, initially denied the allegations during police interview.

Robert Beveridge.

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But the court heard he asked to be re-interviewed the following day and pleaded guilty to two charges of sexual assault.

Judge Christopher Prince has now jailed him for two years.

The judge said: "By the time she was aged 11 she was able to have sexual education in school.

"She realised that clearly what you had done was sexual, inappropriately sexual and accordingly a report was made."

Judge Prince told Beveridge: "Appropriate punishment can only be achieved in this case by immediate imprisonment."

Beveridge has to sign the sex offenders register and abide by a sexual harm prevention order for the next 10 years.

The court heard the victim said in an impact statement she now wants to forget what happened and feels embarrassed about it.

Mr Herrmann said: "When she thinks about it, it makes her feel sad."

Shaun Routledge, defending, said Beveridge was a "relatively young man" when the offences happened and has been in no trouble before or since.

Mr Routledge said Beveridge comes from a hard working and supportive family and had urged: "He is a candidate for a suspended prison sentence."