A former employee of Sports Direct has been found guilty of sexually assaulting a female colleague.
Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard today how Dariusz Szczepanik, 47, sexually assaulted the woman at the company site in Shirebrook on two separate occasions on December 7 last year.
Prosecuting solicitor Michael Treharne told the court how the victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had been waiting for a supervisor when Szczepanik came up behind her, took hold of her below her breasts and lifted her off her feet.
Szczepanik, of Recreation Drive, Shirebrook, later touched the woman’s leg from her ankle to her knee.
Giving evidence in court, the victim said: “I was in shock. I didn’t feel safe after his actions.”
One of her colleagues who witnessed the assaults said: “She (the victim) was very angry. She was very emotional.”
She added: “He also said we were both beautiful women and that it was unfortunate we weren’t pregnant but that he could help us with this.”
At an earlier hearing in April, 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.
Giving evidence, Szczepanik confirmed that he was working at Sports Direct on the day but said the sexual assaults never occurred.
He told the court the victim actually made “foolish advances” on him.
“I’m an innocent man,” he added.
However, District Judge Jonathan Taafee ruled Szczepanik was guilty of the two offences.
He said: “I’m satisfied these incidents took place and that he touched her in a wholly inappropriate manner.
“It was a deliberate and unwelcome touch.”
Szczepanik, whose partner was also present in court, was ordered to wear an electronic tag for 16 weeks between the hours of 7pm and 6am.
He must also pay £100 compensation to the victim and court costs of £620.