Christopher Croston, 31, formerly of the Netherton area of Liverpool, pleaded guilty to rape and sexual assault, both contrary to the Sexual Offences Act 2003, when he appeared at Preston Crown Court today (Thursday, December 19th). He will be sentenced on February 14th next year.
Police launched an investigation after a 14 year old girl was sexually assaulted after being followed by a man as she walked home in Ribbleton on Monday night, 30th September.
The victim had been out with friends around 8.10pm and was walking home along Ribbleton Avenue when she was approached by a man who has tried to engage her in conversation.
The victim continued to walk home, but when she got near to the RSPCA building the man dragged her down a set of steps, pushed her to the floor and subjected her to a sexual assault before running off in the direction of Ribbleton Hall Drive.
Croston was traced to an address in Liverpool where he was arrested.
Detective Inspector Richard McCutcheon, of Lancashire’s Force Major Investigation Team, said: “This was a despicable crime committed by a horrible individual. The only positive action by Croston is that he has pleaded guilty to the offences as this will at least spare his victim having to go through a trial.
“This man has put a young girl through what must have been a terrifying and traumatic ordeal. She has been extremely brave and courageous throughout the investigation and has been supported by specially trained officers. We will continue to offer that support for as long as it is required.”
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