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A bus driver sexually assaulted a teen who had fallen asleep on the final service dwelling. Damien Doyle, 48, of Birchwood Way, Kirby, supplied the lady, 16, a carry when she was stranded on the depot late at night time with no cash.

But he locked the lady in his automobile and assaulted her, telling the terrified teen: “I bet you get really horny when you’re drunk.”

A trial at Liverpool Crown Court heard the lady had taken a bus in Liverpool late at night time however fell asleep in the course of the journey in September 2022 and missed her cease. She wakened within the depot to seek out no extra providers working that day.

Steven Ball, prosecuting, instructed the courtroom she had no money along with her and did not wish to ring her dad and mom to select her up as a result of she was “worried they would be mad”.

The lady approached Doyle for assist as he walked to his automobile on the finish of his shift. He supplied her a carry dwelling, telling her he had a daughter the identical age and would “hate her to be in that situation”.

Once contained in the automobile, the Armed Forces veteran put his hand on prime of hers and stated, “Oh my god, you’re freezing. I’ll warm you up,” the Liverpool Echo stories.

Doyle, a bus driver with 15 years expertise, requested her if she had a boyfriend, complimented the lady and “intertwined hands” along with her. He instructed her: “I bet you get really horny when you’re drunk. I could take us to the beach right now.”

The pervert then locked his automobile doorways, put his hand on her leg and started stroking her internal thigh whereas driving after altering path in direction of Kirkby.

The quick-thinking teenager instructed him there had been a “change of plan” and stated her good friend would choose her up. Doyle let her out of the automobile and he or she hid in a bush earlier than she was collected.

In an announcement learn in courtroom on her behalf, the teen stated: “I felt so vulnerable in that moment with someone I thought I could trust. When he suggested going to the beach, my heart sank. I started to think of the stories of horrible things happening to girls, where they sometimes end up dead.

“The feeling of his hand rubbing the within of my thigh is a sense I do not assume I’ll overlook. He has no empathy for a way I felt that night time, no guilt for his actions and no self-awareness for his inappropriate behaviour.”

Doyle was previously convicted of assault occasioning actual bodily harm in 1996 and 2008, but none for sexual offences.

Carmel Wilde, defending, told the court: “He does deny the offence. His companion sits behind the courtroom and has been right here all through the proceedings. She is aware of a greater facet to him and stands by him.

“He has not been in trouble for some time. There has been nothing since 2008. He served in the Armed Forces previously with an exemplary record. He has always been at work and is hard-working.

“It was opportunistic offending. It was not one thing he had gone out looking for, searching for younger ladies. The complainant, very eloquently, stated she didn’t need this man to go to jail. She wished to grasp why any individual would do that.”

Doyle was found guilty of one count of sexual assault by a jury. He was jailed for two years and told to sign the sex offenders’ register for 10 years.

Sentencing, Judge David Swinnerton said: “I settle for what occurred was not deliberate prematurely, however you probably did search to take the chance. That was predatory in my opinion.

“There are two reasons that she got in the car with you. One was because you were a bus driver and she trusted you because you were in a public position.

“The different cause was since you instructed her you had a daughter of her age and would hate your daughter to be in that state of affairs, due to this fact you wouldn’t depart her stranded. She was, not surprisingly, terrified.”

Doyle’s partner said “keep sturdy” to him from the general public gallery as he was led to the cells.