Army officer ‘sexually assaulted police officer by grabbing bottom at military event’

Army officer, 25, ‘sexually assaulted police officer by grabbing their bottom twice at military black tie event after ”lurking” behind them’

  • Lieutenant Sebastian Hampson, 25, allegedly groped police officer from behind 
  • He then allegedly did the same just seconds later after ‘lurking’ behind them
  • Court heard he’d been making them feel ‘uncomfortable’ and was ‘encroaching’ 
  • Lt Hampson accused of sexually assaulting them at Larkhill Army Base, Wiltshire

An Army officer sexually assaulted a police officer by grabbing their bottom twice at a military black tie event after ‘lurking’ behind them, a court martial heard today.

Lieutenant Sebastian Hampson, 25, allegedly groped the victim from behind and did the same again just seconds later at Larkhill Army Base on Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire.

A military court heard that he had been making the police officer feel ‘uncomfortable’ at the bar during the formal event by ‘encroaching’ on their personal space.

And after the alleged sexual assault, Lt Hampson ‘locked himself in his room’ so no one could speak to him about the incident.

Lt Hampson, of 12 Regiment Royal Artillery, is accused of sexually assaulting the victim at around 11.50pm at the army base.

The alleged victim – who cannot be named for legal reasons – was at the camp as the guest of an officer as part of a black tie dinner and drinks event.

They claimed to be left ‘on the verge of tears’ and was ‘shaken up’ by what took place.

Lieutenant Sebastian Hampson (pictured), 25, allegedly groped the officer from behind and did the same again just seconds later at Larkhill Army Base on Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire

Lieutenant Sebastian Hampson (pictured), 25, allegedly groped the officer from behind and did the same again just seconds later at Larkhill Army Base on Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire

However Lt Hampson – who denies one count of sex assault – insists he wasn’t in the bar at the time.

Opening the trial at Bulford Military Court, Wilts, today, prosecutor Major James Eveleigh said that while the alleged victim was approached by the defendant in the bar, where he identified himself as Seb.

He added that the conversation came to an end because he was starting to ‘encroach’ in the alleged victim’s space who became uncomfortable.

The prosecutor went on to say that the army officer stumbled and his hands moved to the alleged victim’s hip, before he stumbled again and his hand went on their buttock, which the police officer thought was an accident. 

But as they complained, he allegedly looked directly at the police officer and placed his hand on their left buttock. The alleged victim proceeded to move away and inform an officer what happened.

When Lt Hampson was interviewed, the prosecutor told the court that he had said  he went to bed at 10.30 and had not spoken to the alleged victim at all. ‘Effectively, [he said] he was not there at the time,’ he added.

Giving evidence, the alleged victim said they had only drunk one glass of white wine and one glass of beer throughout the day and evening.

A military court heard that Lt Hampson (pictured) had been making the police officer feel 'uncomfortable' at the bar during the formal event by 'encroaching' on their personal space

A military court heard that Lt Hampson (pictured) had been making the police officer feel ‘uncomfortable’ at the bar during the formal event by ‘encroaching’ on their personal space

The alleged victim said late in the evening ‘everyone was more intoxicated’ but officers remained in there red and black suits.

They told the court that Lt Hampson walked over to the police officer and they spoke about their relatives. ‘I said “are you Seb?” and he said ‘yes’,’ the alleged victim said.

‘As he was speaking, I kept taking steps back as he was in my personal space. He was about 30cm away.

‘As I stepped back, he kept taking steps towards me and I grew fed up of it.’

The police officer said they moved away and struck up a conversation with another Army officer – but Lt Hampson was ‘lurking’ behind.

They added: ‘He kept trying to get in on the conversation with us. He stumbled and touched my hip and I turned round to see what was going on.

‘I saw that he was still there and then just carried on talking and ignored him.

‘Then he sort of mumbled and said “I’m sorry” then I felt his hand touch my left buttock. It lasted for a second or so.

‘I thought it was an accident, but just a few seconds later he touched it again. I moved straight away… I was uncomfortable.’

Lt Hampson - who denies one count of sex assault - insists he wasn't in the bar at the time of the alleged assault. Pictured: Bulford Military Court where the trial is taking place

Lt Hampson – who denies one count of sex assault – insists he wasn’t in the bar at the time of the alleged assault. Pictured: Bulford Military Court where the trial is taking place

The police officer recalled feeling his ‘full hand’ on their bottom.

It was heard that when they reported it to an officer there, telling them ‘please don’t be cross, but that man has just grabbed my bum’.

Giving evidence, the officer, who can’t be named for legal reasons, said the officer ‘looked worried’.

They also told the court that minutes after the incident, it was reported to other senior officers.

Captain Alexander Wheatley told the court he texted Lt Hampson ‘you can’t hide from this’ after he had locked himself in his room.

Barrister Alejandra Tascon, defending Lt Hampson, claimed there was a ‘miscommunication’ about who was named ‘Seb’ and that her client did not carry out the alleged attack.

The trial continues.

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