Man jailed for sex assaults

Xiaoqi Wang.

Xiaoqi Wang.

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A man has been jailed for 15 months for sexually assaulting a student.

Xiaoqi Wang, 22, of Furness College, Lancaster University, Lancaster, was sentenced at Preston Crown Court having been found guilty of three counts of sexual assault last month.

At some point, the Home Office will also be starting deportation proceedings to transport Xiaoqi back to his home country of China.

As he has received a prison sentence of more than twelve months, but less than four years, Xiaoqi will not be able to re-enter the UK for a minimum period of ten years.

The offence took place in the early hours of Sunday, October 21 last year when Xiaoqi, in a drunken state, entered the room of a fellow student and sexually assaulted an 18-year-old woman who was visiting at the time.

DC Paul Donnelly of Lancaster CID said “It is important students know that the Lancaster University campus is a very safe place and this assault was a very rare instance.

“Crime on campus is historically very low thanks to the efforts of the Neighbourhood Policing Team that covers campus, the university’s Security team and the network of college porters, and all will continue with their efforts to ensure crime on campus stays low.

“Sexual offences can cause victims an incredible amount of emotional distress.

“This means it is very important students and the wider population of Lancaster know we take offences like this very seriously, and will always look to prosecute sexual offenders.

“Offences of this nature are never acceptable.

“Drunkenness is neither an excuse nor a defence for such reprehensible actions, and this is reflected in the custodial sentence given to Xiaoqi today and the fact that he will be faced with deportation at some point.”