Judge jails man for assaulting teenager

York Crown Court
York Crown Court

A West Heslerton man has been jailed for six years for sexually activity with a teenage girl.

Cleared of six rapes by a jury in April, Jodi Martinson was found guilty of the single charge of assault by penetration and appeared back before York Crown Court on Friday for sentencing.

Martinson, 38, of Wold View, had denied all the allegations, which also included two of cruelty to a child and one of sexual assault, during a seven day trial - the offences having being said to involve two young females.

Nicholas Barker, prosecuting, told the jury that Martinson was alleged to be a controlling man.

A former soldier, Martinson, now a motor mechanic, appeared for sentencing on the single offence relating to a 16-year-old and dating back to an event in June, 2010.

He assaulted the teenager in his tent while he was attending a motorcycle rally at Duncombe Park, Helmsley, with members of his family and friends.

He told his victim that what he was doing was alright because they were not related.

On Friday Mr Barker said that the victim of the assault had come forward only after allegations were made by a second woman - involving events on other occasions and going back 17 years.

At his trial Martinson claimed that there had been malicious collusion between the alleged victims.

Sentence had been adjourned for the preparation of a pre-sentence report, psychiatric and other medical reports because of Martinson’s history of mental health issues.

Taryn Turner, mitigating, said that her client had a history of attempting suicide and self-harming, the latest incident only having been recent while her client awaited sentence.

Adding that Martinson still denied the offence, Mrs Turner told the court that her client would be vulnerable in a custodial setting.

Mrs Turner said that Martinson had also had to face hostility in his community following the guilty verdict of the jury.

Passing sentence, The Recorder of York, Judge Stephen Ashurst, said that, as “disgraceful” as Martinson’s behaviour in the tent had been, he had to take into account that it was just one event. As well as jailing Martinson, the judge also ordered that he be placed indefinitely on the sexual offenders register.