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Bernd Wannenwetsch to do unpaid work for sexual assault on plane to Aberdeen

A married minister found guilty of sexually assaulting a woman on a aeroplane to Aberdeen has been ordered to carry out unpaid work in the community.

Bernd Wannenwetsch, 53, of Newburgh, Aberdeenshire, touched the woman while flying from Amsterdam.

Wannenwetsch was earlier found guilty after a trial at Aberdeen Sheriff Court.

The incident happened during a flight on 11 November.

'Squalid' incident

Wannenwetsch was sentenced to a six-month community payback order during which time he has to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work in the community.

Sheriff Graham Buchanan had described it as a "squalid" incident.

Wannenwetsch was also placed on the sex offenders register.

A spokeswoman for the University of Aberdeen - where the the ordained minister is based at the school of divinity, history and philosophy - said: "We have noted the outcome.

"Prof Wannenwetsch remains suspended from duties until such times as our internal procedures have concluded."

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