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Ex-Wedco chairman convicted of sex assault on woman

Raymond Charlton (File photograph)

A former One Bermuda Alliance candidate and ex-chairman of the West End Development Corporation has been warned he faced a jail sentence after he was convicted of a sex assault on a 20-year-old woman.

Raymond Charlton, 62, was found guilty of the assault in Magistrates’ Court earlier this month and acquitted of a charge of intruding on the woman’s privacy.

Magistrate Craig Attridge warned Charlton to “be prepared for incarceration”.

Shaunte Simons, for the Crown, said that Charlton could face up to five years in jail.

Charlton, from Sandys, was accused of making lewd comments to the victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, and grabbing her buttocks on August 22, 2018 at her home in Sandys.

He pleaded not guilty to the offences on May 9, 2019.

The case was on Monday adjourned until April 21 because of incomplete reports to the court.

Magistrate Craig Attridge extended Charlton’s $5,000 bail.

Charlton joined the OBA in 2011 and ran in the Sandys North constituency in the 2012 and 2017 General Elections.

He lost by just eight votes to the Progressive Labour Party’s Michael Scott in 2012 and by 280 votes in 2017.

Charlton was also the chairman of Wedco between 2013 and 2019.

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