A Birmingham man who lured a woman to a pub car park and sexually assaulted her after meeting her through a dating website has been sentenced to five years behind bars.
Jason Johnson, from Raddlebarn Farm Drive, Selly Oak used a false name and photos to create a fake online profile to chat to women. After exchanging phone numbers with his victim the 26-year-old arranged to meet her on Friday 25 April earlier this year.
The 31-year-old woman drove to a pub car park in Harborne, but instead of meeting him inside, Johnson jumped into the car and forced her to drive to a more secluded spot, where the assault took place.
Despite threats to hunt her down and kill her, the woman reported the crime and detectives immediately launched an investigation. By tracking mobile phone contact and examining CCTV footage from the area, which showed Johnson arriving and leaving in a vehicle belonging to his girlfriend, officers arrested Johnson a week later from his home address.
After a four day trial at Birmingham Crown Court Johnson was found guilty and sentenced on Thursday 23 October to three years for kidnap, five years for forcing a female to engage in a sexual act and one year for sexual assault, all to be served concurrently.
DS Jacqui Mircetic, from the forceâ€™s Public Protection Unit, said: “Johnson denied the offences and claimed that it was all consensual, so I am pleased that the jury saw through his lies and believed this lady, who was brave enough to come forward.
“Johnson will now have plenty of time to contemplate what he has done. He will also be placed on the Sex Offender Register for life.”
West Midlands Police have officers dedicated to investigating sexual offences who are specially trained to deal sensitively and compassionately with sex offence victims. They are able to support and guide them every step of the way from initial report to court conclusion.
To report sexual offences regardless of when they happened, call police on 101.