A former pizza delivery driver has been sentenced after he sexually abused a woman in Poole.

Ionut-Adrian Ciocirlan, 27 from Poole, was convicted of two sexual assault offences on Thursday 15 August 2019 following a trial at Bournemouth Crown Court.

He was sentenced at the same court on Thursday 26 September 2019 and handed a two-year prison sentence, suspended for two years, ordered to comply with a three-month curfew between 7pm and 4am and told he would be placed on the Sex Offenders Register for 10 years. He was also ordered to pay a £140 victim surcharge and £1,000 compensation.

On Sunday 17 September 2017 Ciocirlan was working as a delivery driver at Papa Johns on The Broadway in Broadstone. He approached his victim, who was aged in her late teens, and sexually assaulted her by groping her breasts. He then forced his victim into a room, pulled her trousers down and further sexually assaulted her.

The victim, who knew Ciocirlan, managed to get away. She told a friend and then reported the offence to Dorset Police three days later. Ciocirlan was arrested at his home address on Friday 22 September 2017.

Detective Sergeant Jonathan Sainsbury, of the Serious Sex Offences Team, said: “Ionut-Adrian Ciocirlan forced himself upon his victim and subjected her to a frightening sexual assault. I would like to pay tribute to her for coming forward and supporting the prosecution.

“We are committed to supporting victims and ensuring offenders are brought before the court.”

If you have experienced sexual violence, or if you know someone who has, there are many organisations that can help. Visit www.dorsetforyou.com/dvahelp for details, or call Dorset Rape Crisis Support Centre on 01202 308855 or The Shores (Dorset Sexual Assault Referral Centre) on 01202 552056.

In an emergency – if a crime is in progress or life is in danger – please dial 999.

Perpetrators – For advice about changing behaviour, call the Respect helpline on 0845 122 8609.

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