A Hatfield man was jailed at St Albans Crown Court yesterday (Monday 25 July) in connection with two sexual assaults.
Ravi Modi, aged 48, from Fern Dells, was sentenced to three years and four months after being found guilty of both counts during a previous hearing on Wednesday 27 June.
He was also given a 10-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order, a restraining order and placed on the Sex Offenders Register.
The offences, involving two separate young women, occurred at an address sometime during the winter of 2012 and in September 2019.
On both occasions, Modi touched the women inappropriately without their consent.
The second offence was reported to police and enquiries led to the discovery of the earlier offence, which had not previously been disclosed.
Ravi was investigated and subsequently summoned to court, where he denied the allegations against him, taking the matter to trial.
Investigating officer Detective Constable Caroline Niwaz, said: “I’d like to thank the two victims for the courage they have shown throughout. Being put through a trial is not easy, but justice has ultimately been done and I hope they can now begin to put this behind them.
“Modi cruelly took advantage of two young women who had travelled to the UK to study. His behaviour was completely unacceptable and I am pleased that he has now faced the consequences of his despicable actions.”
Becoming a victim of sexual assault is never your fault. If you’ve been a victim, no matter how long ago the offence occurred, please report it. We have specialist officers on hand to provide advice and support throughout an investigation. The constabulary also has a number of officers who are specially trained to provide support to members of the LGBT+ community.
Anyone in Hertfordshire who has experienced sexual abuse or sexual violence can contact the Herts Sexual Assault Referral Centre (opens in a new window) (SARC) for practical and emotional support. The centre can arrange face-to-face support, sexual health referrals, and provide forensic medical examinations for those who want them. This service is open to everyone – men, women and young people, no matter how long ago the abuse occurred.