Man who attacked 11-year-old, sexually assaulted a woman, and punched another jailed

A man from Stoke-on-Trent who subjected his victims to ‘terrifying experiences’ has been jailed for ten years.

Jason Potts, 29, of John Smart Close, Basford, pleaded guilty to false imprisonment of a child, sexual assault of a woman, battery and two counts of committing an offence with intent to commit a sexual offence at a hearing last month.

As well as the jail sentence, he also given an extended license for five years yesterday (18 June) at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court.

The court heard at approximately 6pm on Friday 10 January, Potts grabbed an 11-year-old girl on Bethesda Street in Hanley and pinned her down. A member of the public intervened and Potts fled.

A short time later he sexually assaulted a woman who was waiting at a bus stop on Bethesda Street. A security guard approached and Potts ran off.

He then punched a woman who was walking along Clough Street. Potts was arrested less than an hour later.

Detective Constable Sarah McQuade, of CID North, said: “I would like to commend the bravery of the victims throughout this investigation. I’d also like to thank the members of the public who came to the victims’ aid that night.

“I would like to reassure anyone who has been through anything similar, we will investigate and prosecute those responsible.”

Staffordshire Police takes all reports of sexual offences seriously and has a team of specially-trained detectives to support victims. Anyone who has concerns should contact 101. Victims will be treated with sensitivity, compassion and respect.

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