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Bedford Hotel Worker Guilty Of Sex Assault
The events manager at a Bedford hotel has been given a community order and told his name will go on the sex offenders register for sexually assaulting a female member of his staff.
Chaoki Rabhi had given the young woman a lift late at night to the railway station in Bedford after the end of her shift.
But after pulling up outside he began stroking her thigh and then tried to kiss her and insert his tongue in her mouth.
Judge Philiip Bartle told Tunisian born Rabhi who lives in Milton Keynes that what he had done that night in his car amounted to an "abuse of trust."
The judge said he had used his position of authority over the young bar worker to carry out the assault on her.
Rabhi appeared for sentence at Luton crown court having been found guilty in June of sexually assaulting the young woman.
At the end of the trial the 45 year old was acquitted of sexually assaulting two other young females who worked at the hotel and had made complaints about his behaviour
Sentence had been adjourned last month for the preparation
Mr Rabhi of Melick Road, Beanhill, Milton Keynes had pleaded not guilty to four charges alleging he had sexually assaulted the three women between May and June of last year.
He was said by the prosecution to have used his position of authority to make sexual advances to the three women by kissing and inappropriately touching them.
But in court he flatly denied the the allegations saying the two women concerned in the first three charges he faced, had made up the story to get back at him for being sacked.
He was acquitted of two charges of sexually assaulting one of the women and a third charge of sexual assault on the other.
But on the fourth charge involving a third woman - the woman he had driven to the railway station in the early hours of June 14 last year - the jury found him guilty
Before sentence Ann Faul defending said the stress of the trial had affected the health of the defendant and his wife.
She described what happened that night in the car as a "one off and out of character" for a man who had worked for the last 25 years all over the world in the hospitality industry.
The barrister went on "This is a 45 year old man who has lost his good character and employment prospects and it's devatstating for him"
Passing sentence Judge Bartle told Rabhi his victim had been left shocked and upset by his behaviour in the car that night.
Commenting on the difference in their ages and his superiority, the judge said "She was entitled to look to you for advice and guidance, instead you abused that trust and sexually assaulted her."
He sentenced Rabhi to a 12 month community order and told him he must carry out 150 hours of unpaid work. His name will also be on the sex offenders register for the next five years
Rabhi was told that in addition he must pay £250 towards the prosecution costs.
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