A ‘ruthless’ predator who targeted and sexually assaulted vulnerable elderly women has been sentenced to eight years behind bars.
Richard Saillet, 64, from Rugby, Warwickshire, pleaded guilty to inappropriately touching women in Oxfordshire and other areas of the country.
One of the attacks took place in Botley on April 27 last year.
Saillet sexually assaulted other women last year in Halesowen, west Midlands, on March 8; Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, on May 3; and Greens Norton, Northamptonshire, on May 19.
Another offence in Hethe, north Oxfordshire, on August 12, 2015 was laid on file.
On each occasion Saillet trespassed on to the properties of elderly women in order to sexually assault them.
Jeremy Taylor, senior crown prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service, said Saillet attended the Botley home claiming he wanted to carry out a survey.
“He said he needed to use the bathroom and when she found him in her son’s bedroom he forced her on to the bed.
“Saillet targeted [all] the women due to their vulnerability, and planned his attacks. He is clearly a calculated, ruthless and dangerous man.”
Saillet, who was identified through phone billing enquiries and forensic examinations, initially denied any wrongdoing but pleaded guilty to four counts of sexual assault at Oxford Crown Court on March 24 due to the strength of evidence against him.
He was brought to justice thanks to the collaborative effort of four police forces, the National Crime Agency and the CPS.
Investigating officer detective constable Richard Lewis of Force CID, said: “This was a very disturbing series of sexual assaults where Richard Saillet has trespassed into the victims’ homes to carry out the offences.
“Saillet targeted his victims, who were all vulnerable, elderly women living on their own.”
Saillet was sentenced at Oxford Crown Court on Thursday last week. At a previous hearing on March 24 at the same court he pleaded guilty to four counts of sexual assault on a female over 16.
Saillet was arrested on May 24, 2016 and charged on February 21 this year.