£100 FINE FOR BOT­TOM SLAP RUGBY PLAYER

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22 Sun­day Mail A rugby player has been or­dered to pay £ 100 com­pen­sa­tion to a school­girl he smacked on the bum.

Cur­tis Reynolds, 21, had been charged with sex­u­ally as­sault­ing the 16-year- old at ke­bab shop Ozkan’s Grill in Galashiels, Selkirk­shire.

But fol­low­ing a trial, the prop for­ward was con­victed of as­sault­ing the girl.

Reynolds – who was at Gala RFC at the time but has since moved to Welsh de­vel­op­ment side RGC – had been out drink­ing when he ended up in the takeaway.

The school­girl told a trial at Selkirk Sher­iff Court how she was stand­ing at the counter dur­ing the early hours of March 12 when she felt a hard slap on her bum. She as­sumed her boyfriend had done it. Af­ter or­der­ing her food, she chal­lenged him about it.

The boyfriend said it was not him and pointed to Reynolds as the cul­prit.

There was then an an­gry ex­change of words and later the girl took Reynolds’s pic­ture and cir­cu­lated it on so­cial me­dia to find out who he was.

She also com­plained to the po­lice.

The boyfriend’s brother also wit­nessed the slap but said it was a soft one and added it was not ac­ci­den­tal.

Giv­ing ev­i­dence, Reynolds could of­fer no ex­pla­na­tion to why he touched the girl’s bot­tom ex­cept she had en­tered his space and he reached out to push her away.

Sher­iff Peter Pater­son said there had been an in­ten­tional slap of the young lady’s bot­tom.

He said it was tak­ing it a step too far to con­vict him of sex­ual as­sault and in­stead ruled it was a sim­ple as­sault.

AS­SAULT Reynolds

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