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Flitch Way sex pest cyclist Andrea Flauto, from Bishop's Stortford, must sign sex offenders' register for five years

A man from Bishop's Stortford who sexually assaulted two women as he cycled along the Flitch Way has been ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register for five years.

Andrea Flauto, 24, of Hadham Road, must also complete 240 hours of unpaid work and pay £95 to each victim as compensation.

Both incidents happened on June 1 last year at Dunmow.

His first victim was walking along the path and talking on her phone. She stopped to let Flauto cycle past but he also stopped, got off his bike and touched her inappropriately. She pushed him off and he rode away.

A short distance along the track, he approached two women sitting on a bench. He engaged in conversation with them before leaning in uninvited and kissing one of them on the cheek.

Flauto was later identified by both victims and arrested on August 18. He was subsequently charged with two counts of sexual assault.

He admitted the charges at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court on April 7 and was sentenced at the same court on Wednesday May 5.

Magistrates also made Flauto the subject of a community order which says he must complete a 40-day rehabilitation requirement. He was ordered to pay £145 court costs.

The Flitch Way follows the 15-mile route of the former railway line between Bishop's Stortford and Braintree, and is a favourite with walkers, runners, cyclists, dog walkers and horse riders.

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