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Youth worker groped woman.

A drunk youth worker "forcibly" groped a woman after insulting her nose ring in a Sunderland nightclub.

Rugby player Lee Bainbridge was out with his teammates in Glitter Ball when he sexually assaulted the victim, who he didn't know, on two occasions on the dance floor.

A court was told that the 28-year-old, who has HND qualifications and works with children who have challenging behaviour, had initially tried to flirt with the woman but "became abusive" when he spotted she had a nose ring.

The female told him to go away but, seconds later, he grabbed her bottom "with force", prosecutors said.

Bainbridge was told by the shocked victim to "f**k off" and she pushed him away but he returned and grabbed her vagina over her clothing, the court heard.

Now, the youth worker, of Crowtrees Lane, Bowburn, in County Durham, faces losing his job after he pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual assault at South Tyneside Magistrates' Court.

Holly Common, prosecuting, said Bainbridge was in Glitter Ball, in Sunderland City Centre, in the early hours of the morning on May 13 this year.

The woman reported Bainbridge to staff and he was later interviewed by police but claimed he had no recollection of either assaults.

In a statement, the victim said: "I have never went through something so invasive as he put me through and it shouldn't be happening in the 21st century.

"It was a shock this happened in my home town."

The court was told that Bainbridge was extremely remorseful and "horrified" about his behaviour and faces losing his job working with children.

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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jun 16, 2018
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