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Man sentenced for sexually assaulting woman

James Ronald Raynor Credit: North Yorkshire Police

A man has been sentenced after he sexually assaulted a young woman on a cycle path.

James Ronald Raynor was sentenced to 32 months in a young offenders institution when he appeared at York Crown Court to be sentenced for the crime, which was committed in York.

The 21-year-old approached the woman, who was also in her 20s, and groped her as she walked along the track from Tang Hall towards James Street.

The incident happened at around 8.50pm on Sunday, September 24.

The victim tried to fight him off her by pulling his hair. She bit him near a thumb, shouted at him and hit him in the face.

Raynor, from the Boroughbridge Road area of York, then made his escape along the cycle path.

He was arrested three days after the incident following a police investigation.

Raynot was charged with one count of sexual assault, which he pleaded guilty to in court.

Detective Constable Peter Cooper, of York Serious Crime Team, said: “This was a cowardly attack and I very much welcome Raynor’s sentence.

“By contrast, the victim showed immense courage when she fought him off and came forward to the police.

“By putting her trust in us, our officers have been able to quickly locate her attacker and build a strong case against him that led to him admitting the offence and being sentenced.

“It’s been a horrendous experience for her, but she’s receiving support from specially-trained officers to help her move on in life.

“I hope she’ll find that easier knowing Raynor has been detained and cannot pose a threat to other women.”

On his release, Raynor will be a registered sex offender and will have to sign the sex offender’s register for 10 years.