Workington man admits intent to sexually assault girl

A man has pleaded guilty to going into a public toilet intending to sexually assault a girl, nine, in Cumbria.

John Newton, 26, of Fisher Street in Workington, was arrested after going into the ladies' toilet in a cafe in Workington's Vulcan Park on 26 August.

At Carlisle Crown Court, he admitted falsely imprisoning the girl with intent to attack the girl in what the judge called a "truly shocking" case.

Newton had denied an attempted rape charge, which the prosecution dropped.

Appearing via video link from Durham Prison, he admitted charges of voyeurism - using his mobile to film the girl in the toilet - and causing her actual bodily harm.

He also admitted a charge of breaking an earlier court order that was imposed after a previous offence.

Judge Paul Batty QC told Newton he would be going to prison for "a long time". He is likely to be sentenced on 12 December.

He was remanded in custody and put on the sex offenders' register.

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