Shop boss guilty of sex assault


A respected businessman who ‘misread the situation’ when he sexually assaulted a younger woman at his home has been spared jail.

Despite being told to ‘pack it in’ by his victim, mobility shop owner and property landlord Socrates Socrates forced the 37-year-old woman onto his bed and carried out a sex act on her.

Socrates, aged 57, a father-of-four, appeared at Sheffield Crown Court and admitted the sexual assault committed at his house in Park Road, Mexborough.

The woman visited his substantial house, where he lived alone after the breakdown of a relationship, on two previous occasions.

She found him to be flirtatious and over-familiar, said Camille Morland, prosecuting.

On her third visit Socrates told her ‘I want you’ and started kissing her neck before touching her. The court heard she made it clear she was not interested.

He then lifted her up, carried her to bed and asked her to commit a sex act on him, said Ms Morland.

When she refused he said to her ‘I know you like me’ and committed the crime as she lay paralysed with fear.

“She was frozen with fear and did not know what to do,” said Ms Morland.

Darren Preston, defending, said Socrates was of good character and was ‘not a predatory individual but a man who completely misread the situation’.

Socrates was given a three-year community order, with a compulsory sex offender treatment programme and 150 hours of unpaid work.

He was also told to sign the Sex Offenders’ Register for five years.