Yorkshire barrister who sexually assaulted teen girl is jailed

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A “despicable” criminal barrister who went on the run was jailed for four years today after being found guilty of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl.

Desmond Rosario has been sent to prison after a jury at Leicester Crown Court found him guilty this morning.

Rosario, 46, was interviewed by police about the sexual assault on the teenage girl at an address in Sheffield on November 1, 2013.

He failed to appear at a court date in Leicester in June 2014 and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

But he was only found after he was featured on BBC One show Crimewatch in December. He was arrested in the Birmingham area shortly after the programme aired.

Rosario, of Abbotts Wood, Heaton, Bradford, was a former University of Sheffield law student and helped out with teaching at the university on a casual basis but was not a member of staff. He was a member of the city’s now defunct Paradise Chambers.

Investigating officer, Detective Constable Judith Proffitt of South Yorkshire Police, said: “This has been a long and protracted investigation and we are pleased with the result at court today.

“The victim and her family have been courageous and dignified throughout this inquiry and I applaud them for their strength of character.

“Rosario was a respected criminal law barrister who held a position of power and trust in the community.

“However, he is not above the law and his despicable behaviour has been recognised by the jury today.

“He continually denied his guilt, putting his victim through the traumatic trial process and further prolonging her anguish.

“I hope today’s conviction allows the victim the closure she needs to move forward from this painful chapter in her life.”