Hexham paedophile who refused to help police convicted of sexually assaulting a minor

Nigel Arismandez was found guilty in Newcastle Crown Court after trying to deny the charges.

A Hexham paedophile who refused to cooperate with police has been found guilty of his vile crime.

Nigel Arismandez preyed on his underage teenage victim in a sexual attack on May 10 this year, leaving the youngster frozen with fear.

After being arrested by officers, Arismandez, 48, refused to cooperate with police in interview and refuted his involvement. But on November 10, following a trial at Newcastle Crown Court, Arismandez was found guilty of one count of sexual assault.

Arismandez, of Hexham, Northumberland, has been remanded in custody and is due to be sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court in the new year.

Detective Constable Natasha Wilson, of Northumbria Police, said: “This was a hugely distressing case in which Arismandez targeted his under-age victim and carried out a horrifying attack. I would like to thank the victim and their family for having the courage to contact our officers.

Nigel Arismandez

“Their co-operation and bravery following this appalling ordeal made this conviction possible, and we hope the outcome provides them with some degree of comfort. A team of detectives have worked tirelessly to ensure the defendant had his day in court and we hope that the case serves as a reminder of our commitment as a Force to bringing effective justice to those responsible for such abhorrent crimes against children.”

Anyone who has been a victim of rape, sexual assault or abuse is asked to contact police on 101 or report via the "Tell Us Something" page of the Northumbria Police website. Always call 999 in an emergency.