FORMER supermarket worker has been cleared of sexual assault and exposing himself to a young woman.

Lee Goldsworthy, 30, of Silverdale Drive, Kendal, was arrested after the woman complained of his behaviour in a storeroom in Morrisons, Kendal, where he had been a customer assistant for six months.

A four-day trial held at Carlisle Crown Court heard how the woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was allegedly sexually assaulted by Mr Goldsworthy on the evening of January 26, 2013.

The court heard how the woman claimed she was left ‘distressed and shocked’ after Mr Goldsworthy ‘pushed himself up against her from behind before exposing himself’ in a storage room also known as the ‘chiller.’

Mr Garry Hall, defending, suggested she had been mistaken, but she replied: “I would not make something like this up. It would take a sick person to do that.”

Giving evidence, Mr Goldsworthy denied groping the woman and exposing himself to her, insisting he had never said or done anything to suggest sexual behaviour towards the woman.

The jury of eight men and four women found him not guilty of one charge of assault and one of indecent exposure.