Dunmow: Man added to sex offenders' register for five years
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A man who sexually assaulted two women has been ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register for five years and will have to complete 240 hours of unpaid work.
Andrea Flauto touched two women inappropriately near to Flitch Way, in Dunmow, on June 1 last year.
Flauto, now 24, approached his first victim while she was walking along a cycle path and talking on the phone.
As she stopped to allow him to cycle past, he did not continue his journey. Instead, he stopped and sexually assaulted her.
She was able to push him off and he got back onto his bike and continued cycling.
Later, Flauto approached two women who were sitting on bench a short distance along the cycle track.
He engaged in conversation with both women before leaning in uninvited and kissing one of them on the cheek.
Flauto, of Hadham Road, in Bishop’s Stortford, was later identified by both victims and was arrested. He was subsequently charged with two counts of sexual assault.
He admitted the charges at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court on 7 April and was sentenced at the same court on Wednesday 5 May.
Magistrates ordered him to sign the sex offenders register for five years and complete 240 hours of unpaid work.
He was also made the subject of a community order which states he must complete a 40-day rehabilitation requirement.
Flauto was also ordered to pay £145 in court costs and £95 to each victim as compensation.
How the sex offenders’ register protects the public
Every newly added offender is visited by a member of a police forces’ public protection team and an assessment is carried out.
Details of offenders will be added to the Police National Database and officers will make periodic monitoring visits to offenders to ensure they are living where they say they are.
Failure to follow the requirements of the register will result in the prosecution of a separate criminal offence.