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Door to door salesman jailed for sexual assault in woman's Kent home

Contributed by editor on May 21, 2017 - 04:50 PM

 

A former salesman has been sentenced to two years in prison after he sexually assaulted a woman inside her Swanley home.

 


John Adams, pictured below, targeted his victim in 2015, during a visit to her address to try and persuade her to sign up to a new utilities deal.



Adams, aged 63 and formerly of Lower Boxley Road, Maidstone was invited into the property on 25 November, 2015.

He contacted a company he worked for, in order that call centre staff could discuss details of the new deal with the victim. During the phone conversation Adams was stood nearby and without warning approached the victim and sexually assaulted her.

The victim shouted at him to leave her alone and to alert another person who, unbeknown to Adams, was in the house at the same time
Adams left the property, before returning shortly after to retrieve his mobile phone.

He was arrested by Kent Police the following day and during interview denied the allegations, claiming he had been made to leave the property due to a dispute over the new energy deal.

At Maidstone Crown Court Adams pleaded not guilty to a charge of sexual assault, but was convicted following a trial.

He was sentenced on 19 May and also given an indefinite sexual harm prevention order.

Detective Constable Natalie Collin of Kent Police’s Public Protection Unit said: ‘Adams gained the trust of his victim after knocking on her door and persuading her she could save money on her energy bills. After being invited into her home he then abused this trust in the worst possible way, subjecting his victim to what must have been a very frightening ordeal.

‘I would like to thank the victim for coming forward and giving evidence. It is never easy to do, but has helped us ensure Adams has now been rightly punished for his deplorable actions.’

 

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