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Gravesend man jailed for sexual assault on teenager

PUBLISHED: 11:23 09 October 2015 | UPDATED: 11:23 09 October 2015

Tommy Hoare

Tommy Hoare

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Tommy Hoare was jailed for two-and-a-half years after sexually assaulting a teenage girl on three seperate occasions

A man who sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl on three separate occasions when he was a teenager has been jailed for two years and six months.

Tommy Hoare, 22, of Roehampton Close, Gravesend, was found guilty of three counts of sexual assault when he appeared at Maidstone Crown Court on August 17, 2015.

The victim contacted police in November 2013 to report that she had been sexually assaulted on three occasions in Gravesend between February 2010 and February 2011.

Hoare was arrested on November 7 and denied the offences. He was bailed while detectives continued with their investigation and conducted a series of enquiries which led to the Crown Prosecution Service authorising his charge. On July 24, 2014 Hoare was charged with three counts of sexual assault.

Hoare continued to deny the charges and was found guilty by a jury after a five-day trial.

He was sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court on Thursday.

Detective Constable Fleur Hardie, investigating officer at Kent Police, said: “Hoare sexually assaulted his victim on three occasions while she slept and then continued to deny any wrongdoing throughout the trial.

“It takes a lot of courage to report incidents of a sexual nature and I am pleased Hoare’s victim felt she could talk to the police. We have a team of specially trained officers who can provide support to victims.

“Hoare now faces the consequences of his actions and I hope this result shows others that we do take incidents seriously, no matter how long ago they happened.”

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