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Santa Claus impersonator who sexually assaulted two women at Christmas parties is spared jail   

Raymond Finn (pictured above), 71, was working as Santa Claus for an entertainment group when the incidents took place in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, in 2018

A perverted Santa Claus impersonator who sexually assaulted two women during Christmas parties in two separate pubs on the same day has been spared jail.

Raymond Finn, 71, was working as Father Christmas for an entertainment group when the incidents took place in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, in December 2018.

He sexually assaulted one woman at the Gold Medal Pub, then carried out a further sexual assault on another female at the Thomas Wilson Club later that day.

The impersonator denied three counts of sexual assault but was found guilty by a jury at Newcastle Crown Court in May.

Finn, of Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, Northumberland, was handed a four-month prison sentence yesterday which was suspended for 18 months.

The court heard Finn 'smacked the bum' of his first victim and later tried to 'force a chocolate bar into her mouth' before pushing his groin into her.

He later tried to pull his body against the second victim which was caught on camera.

Sentencing, Judge Prince said the defendant had continually denied his guilt and the victims were publicly called liars.

He added: 'I can publicly state you're the liar and they are not the liars because that is the determination of the jury.'

Judge Prince also said the bravery of the pair in coming forward meant they had protected other people from being offended by Finn.

The pub where Finn carried out his first sexual assault, pictured above. He denied three counts of sexual assault but was found guilty by a jury at Newcastle Crown Court in May

The pub where Finn carried out his second sexual assault on another woman in December 2018. He was handed a four-month prison sentence which was suspended for 18 months

Detective Constable Frank Cox, leading the investigation, welcomed the verdict and hoped it would give some closure to the victims and warned that this behaviour is unacceptable.

He said: 'Finn is a predator who thought it was acceptable to sexually touch women without their consent. It is simply not acceptable and we will take action to put such offenders before the courts. 

'At no point has Finn shown any remorse for what he has done. But with thanks to the victims for speaking out and thanks to the jury, he has been convicted of his actions.'

Finn was also handed a seven year Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) and will also have to sign the Sex Offender's Register for a period of seven years. 

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