A circus performer has been found guilty of indecent assault and sexual assault of two women 14 years apart.
Paul Barbarel, 32, now faces a lengthy prison sentence after denying the allegations during his nine day trial at Preston Crown Court.
Judge Jacqueline Beech told him he must be given credit for the “brass necked cheek” of the defences he put forward, claiming he had a fight with his first victim in 1999 and his second victim, earlier this year, consented to the sexual offence which took place.
Judge Beech told the jury: “You have had a difficult task on your hands in the fact that two incidents occurred 14 years apart and you had to decide who to believe.
“That 1999 offence was very worrying because the failings of the private company to upload the DNA to the database meant Barbarel was below the radar in relation to that offence, which was very serious.
“In 2002 the defendant was acquitted of rape in Lincolnshire. One only can speculate what might have happened in that trial if they knew about the 1999 offence so the omission of the forensic company is very serious. In all likelihood he is a very dangerous individual.”
Barbarel, of Chorley Road, Walton-le-Dale, will be sentenced at Preston Crown Court on November 8.
Judge Beech told him: “I will have to consider your dangerousness bearing in mind all the matters that I know about you in relation to your conduct towards women in the past.”
Following the verdict, his first victim, who has moved away from the Preston area, said: “I am delighted with the verdict - it couldn’t come soon enough.
“It has dragged it all back up but it has been worth it to know that he is off the streets. I don’t live in Preston any more but I did this for the people who still live there. I have still got a scar on my ankle which is a constant reminder but emotionally it is like it happened to a different person.
“The guy who saved me - I never ever got to say thank you to him. If he is out there and he knows who he is - I am really, really grateful. At the time I was very much like ‘this guy isn’t going to win, he isn’t going to change me and it isn’t going to affect my life’ but looking back 14 years later, I dread to think what might have happened if he hadn’t saved me.
“No I can finally have closure. I know now that he is behind bars and he is no longer a danger.”