A "very anxious" student who searched Google for "making new friends" is in prison after touching a 17-year-old schoolgirl on the arm and waist while "alone".

Jamie Griffiths, 19, a student at Durham University, met the girl at two meetings during which she was going to school.

    Griffiths, 19, looked up "how to make a friend," then came into contact with the 17-year-old girl in two attempts to talk to her.

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Griffiths, 19, looked up "how to make a friend," then came into contact with the 17-year-old girl in two attempts to talk to her.Credit: Cavendish Press

The victim, who was supposed to sit in his place, burst into tears during the second meeting.

She immediately called her mother, then they went and reported the incident to the police.

The victim said that she was "panicking" now when she saw a lone man walking towards her and struggling to leave the house alone.

At Manchester Court, Griffiths – who lives with his parents in Knutsford – was convicted of two counts of sexual assault.

He had denied the accusations.

The 19-year-old will be sentenced later this month and will also have to sign the sex offender registry.

The offense is punishable by up to ten years imprisonment if it is dealt with by a Crown court.

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The court learned how the meetings were held from October to November.

At the first meeting, the 18-year-old girl told how she was walking home when she saw Griffiths looking at a hedge.

She said, "As I walked towards him, I watched him and he turned abruptly to face me.

"I remember it was happening fast." As soon as he moved, I moved and I said "stop" and he touched me. arms.

"I was a little away from the road and I went on the road to avoid it and it quickly moved away.

"I think it would have been on my chest if I had not moved, when it happened for the first time, I did not think much about it, I did not have it." slaps in the head, I just thought it was really weird, why did it hit me? "

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The victim recounted how she met Griffiths again on November 7th.

She said: "I was quite far down the road when I noticed it, it 's someone who lives in my area, someone whom I' ve seen. have already seen … I thought I recognized it but I did not think it was the first incident person at the time.

"Only when he wanted to touch me and look me in the eyes did I realize that he was the same person." The sidewalk was wide enough but he suddenly walked past me, stared right into me the eyes and touched me on my side and left.

"It was a long time – three to five seconds, he smiled at me, he did not stop, he just touched me and left and I burst into tears in the street – it was quite traumatic.

"I had reported the previous incident to the police several days in advance because there were other incidents and I felt like I could give more evidence, then it happened again.

"I immediately burst into tears and called my mother, I tried to follow him at first and take a picture, but I was not fast enough.

"I called my mother, she came to pick me up, we went straight to the house and then to the police station and reported the incident".

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She talked about the lasting impact of the meetings on her.

She said: "I was trying to revise for these exams and I could not concentrate at all.Every time I started working, I was crying because I was thinking about it.

"I felt very safe, even at home, I could not go to school for two weeks, I would not leave the house myself.

"Even today, walking down the street makes it all a little more scary. If a guy walks alone to me, I start to panic. It's part of everyday life.

"It was more shocking than someone thought to have the right to touch me while I was walking down the street."

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Griffiths, who volunteered at a charity store, told the court that his intention was to "make a friend".

He said: "I was alone … I just wanted to talk to someone."

The student added, "She was walking towards me and I recognized her. I did not say anything, but I really wanted to say something – the words just did not come out. I touched it but I thought it was the arm. I touched.

Griffiths said he was having trouble making friends and that he "had always been a very anxious person".

He told the court that he had searched online "how to make new friends".

He said: "I've always been more at home with my parents and loneliness devoured me.I really needed someone to talk to at that time and my intention was to make a friend – but obviously, I did not go in. the right way and I'm sorry for the misunderstanding.

"I tried to talk to him but I could not do it, my anxiety was settled and it's impossible to say anything."

Griffiths' lawyer Claire Aldridge told the judges: "She actually said," I think it would have been on my chest if I had not moved, "but what could have happened is not the problem.

"Are you dealing with someone who is watching in the light of the day or are you dealing with a worried and clumsy young man, someone who has trouble making friends by his own admission?"

"He is a particularly shy and anxious young man who spends most of his time studying with his parents".

But Attorney Victoria Norman said, "The plaintiff was categorical about what she had suffered and was very frank and honest with this court." He intended to touch her chest and waited for her. .

"What rational person looks up:" how to make a friend? "Even if the accused goes ahead, he was just trying to make a friend, he's waiting for her in two isolated areas along his way to back, he touches her.

"An attempt at friendship with someone surely begins with a hello or a wave".

Condemning Griffiths, magistrates told him: "The complainant's testimony was very clear, logical and unadorned, and we can not think of any motivation for you to touch a non-sexual victim.

"If she had not taken evasive measures, the aggression would probably have been even worse.

"The first aggression can be recognized as opportunistic, but there is more evidence of premeditation in the second".

    Griffiths was convicted by the Manchester Court of First Instance and will be sentenced later this month

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Griffiths was convicted by the Manchester Court of First Instance and will be sentenced later this monthCredit: Cavendish Press
    Griffiths attempted to dialogue with the victim but said that he had a terrible anxiety

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Griffiths attempted to dialogue with the victim but said that he had a terrible anxietyCredit: Cavendish Press


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