Shirebrook man denies sexually assaulting Sports Direct colleagues

Sports Direct at Shirebrook.
Sports Direct at Shirebrook.

An employee at Shirebrook-based Sports Direct has been accused of sexually assaulting two women during the same day at work.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Friday, April 10, how Dariusz Szczepanik, 47, of Recreation Drive, Shirerbrook, allegedly sexually assaulted the two women on December 7, last year, at the company site.

Prosecuting solicitor John Cooper claimed one of the complainants had been waiting for a supervisor when Szczepanik allegedly came up behind her and took hold of her below the breasts and lifted her off her feet.

Mr Cooper also claimed Szczepanik had allegedly touched another colleague’s leg from her ankle to her knee during the same day.

Prosecuting solicitor Mr Cooper claimed the alleged offences were serious matters that had caused distress to the complainants and the alleged offences were aggravated because they had allegedly happened at work.

Szczepanik pleaded not guilty to two counts of intentionally touching a woman in a sexual way when they did not consent and when he did not reasonably believe they were consenting.

Defence solicitor Alexandra Kowalik confirmed that Szczepanik was present at Sports Direct, at Brook Park, on Meadow Lane, during the day of the accusations but all the allegations against him are disputed because it is claimed the events never occurred.

Magistrates adjourned the case for a trial on July 14 at Chesterfield magistrates’ court.

Szczepanik was released on conditional bail until the trial on the grounds he does not contact either of the complainants who cannot be named for legal reasons.

Sports Direct boasts it is not only the UK’s leading sports retailer by revenue and profit, but is also the owner of a significant number of world famous sport, fashion and lifestyle brands. It operates stores in the UK and Europe.