Breaking news: Teen jailed for groping women

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A teenager has been jailed for six counts of sexual assault which saw him follow women in Ilkeston and slap them on the bottom.

Reece Budgen (also known as Smith), 18, of Canal Street appeared at Derby Crown Court today where he was sentenced to 21 months in a young offenders institute by Judge John Gosling, who said he had ‘carefully targeted the women’.

The father-of-two had only been released from prison in January for similar offences.

He had previously pleaded guilty to assaulting six women over a five week period this year.

The court heard that he committed his first offence in Ilkeston on February 19 as a woman walked to work. He had followed his victim the day before. She heard him walking behind her before feeling a very painful and powerful strike to her bottom.

His youngest victim was aged just 15 and was making her way home from school when Budgen slapped her on her bottom with such force that it left a red mark.

On March 24 he followed a 17-year-old woman up Bath Street before putting his hand on her bottom and between her legs. He then ran off.

In mitigation, Jasmine Kumar, said Budgen had taken a ‘very immature approach to the offences.’

She said: “In 2011 he was effectively put into a care home.”

She described him as having had a ‘very unstable teenage life’, adding that he showed no regret or remorse for his crimes and he needed to fix his attitude towards women.

In sentencing Judge Gosling told Budgen, who wore a denim shirt and Rosary beads around his neck, that he caused acute anxiety and distress to his victims - aged from 15 to 60-, adding that the psychological harm was likely to be serious.

He said: “It’s impossible to know what goes on inside your head that makes you commit these crimes. Last July magistrates gave you a prison sentence. Only months after your release you went on to attack six women in five weeks while being supervised.

Budgen must also serve 91 days that remain of a ten month detention and training order and sign the sex offenders register for ten years.

The order had been imposed in July 2013 for offences that mirrored those he has been sentenced for.

He has appeared in court 14 times in two years.