Leicester

Ashby sex attacks boss faces jail term

A Leicestershire car dealership managing director convicted of sex attacks has been told by a judge he faces a lengthy jail sentence.

Charles Archer, 48, who runs a garage in Ashby de la Zouch, was convicted on 11 counts of sexually and indecently assaulting four female staff.

He was found guilty of the offences over a 20-year period after a trial at Leicester Crown Court.

Archer, of Anglia Drive, Church Gresley, will be sentenced in October.

'No respect'

The court heard the father-of-two, who had no previous convictions, assaulted one girl after she had worked for him for just three days.

As each guilty verdict was read out, Archer stared at the floor and swallowed hard, while one of his victims sobbed.

Judge Simon Hammond told Archer: "This was no way to use female staff, using your power as an employer to take advantage of them.

"You showed them no respect. I take a very serious view on this.

"Young women are entitled to be protected from molesting men."

Outside court he refused to talk to reporters about the verdicts, saying: "I've no comment."

Police believe there could be more victims who have not yet come forward.

Emma Burns, of Leicestershire Police, said: "Three of the victims were very young at the time, it was the first time that they'd had a job so they hadn't experienced what a boss-employee relationship should be like."

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