A RACING stable worker sexually assaulted a teenage girl after taking her back to his home on the pretext of having to walk his dogs.
Graham Rosier, who worked at the George Baker Racing Yard in Moreton Morrell at the time, had denied a sexual assault charge following the incident.
But after standing trial at Warwick Crown Court for a second time, after one jury was unable to reach a verdict earlier this year, he was found guilty by a unanimous verdict.
Rejecting an application for bail and remanding the 53 year-old, of Station Road, Hatton, at the time, in custody, Recorder Steven Evans said a custodial sentence was ‘inevitable.’
Prosecutor Glyn Samuel had told the jury Rosier, who said he has since moved to Newmarket, was working at the highly-successful George Baker Racing Yard in Moreton Morrell at the time of the offence in 2007 or 2008. Rosier as in his 40s, and the girl was 13 or 14.
Members of the racing yard staff would regularly use the Antelope pub in Lighthorne for meals or to celebrate successes.
Teenage girls would often visit the stables, and after one girl who did so went with them to the pub one lunchtime, she asked Rosier to give her a lift her back to the yard.
Rosier, who had bought her a couple of glasses of wine at the pub, despite her age, agreed, but said he had to go back to his home first to walk his dogs.
When he got there he pulled her jeans down and sexually assaulted her.
He then took her back to the stables while she sat in the car shaking. He told her not to tell anyone what had happened.
She wanted to tell someone at the time, but did not know how – and kept it to herself for several years.
But when she was in a relationship in 2013 her boyfriend became concerned because she would often wake up in the night very upset or even screaming.
Even then, she only told him it was because of something that had happened when she was young – until they were in a pub one day and she suddenly got up and ran out.
Her boyfriend went after her, and she explained she had fled because Rosier had walked in, and told him what had happened, after which she went to the police.
Rosier told the court he lived at the Hatton address with his partner, but has now moved to Newmarket where he works at another racing yard.
Rosier denied in court he ‘fancied’ the girl or anything improper had taken place at his home.
After the guilty verdict, Recorder Evans adjourned sentencing for a report to be prepared, and rejected a request for Rosier to be granted bail.