A delivery driver who tried to hug and kiss a single mum after dropping off a parcel at her home has been convicted of sexual assault.
Barry Weston, 26, made a move on the victim because he thought she was flirting with him after asking her to take a package for a neighbour.
A court heard the courier then stepped into her home uninvited to get the woman to sign an electronic device.
He put both arms around her and asked to be kissed several times before she was finally able to push him off.
Weston also asked the terrified victim for her phone number which she gave him to get rid of him.
The delivery driver denied a charge of sexual assault but was convicted after a trial at North Staffordshire Justice Centre.
JPs sentenced Weston, of Sandford Hill, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffs., to a three-year community order, 100 hours of unpaid work and a rehabilitation activity requirement for 35 days.
He was also ordered to pay £775 costs and a £60 surcharge and made the subject of a restraining order preventing him having any contact with his victim for two years.
The court heard Weston, who was ordered to sign the sex offenders‘ register for five years, was still working for the courier company despite the conviction.
Sentencing him, chair of the magistrates Janet Stanyer said: “This offence does concern us quite considerably.
“The circumstances happened when you were just delivering a parcel to a stranger you have never met before and you are still working in that job.”
The court heard Weston knocked on the door of the single mum to get her to accept a parcel on behalf of her neighbour at 8.15am on February 22 this year.
Prosecutor Sabrina Naz said: “He stepped over her threshold uninvited and had both arms around her.
“He requested to be kissed several times. She managed to push him away.
“He requested her telephone number. She gave her number to him to pacify him and get rid of him.
“He immediately sent two texts. She blocked the number and informed the police.”
After he was arrested Weston told police the woman flirted with him and claimed she asked for his number and he sent her two texts.
He said he was just being a bit flirty back and denied hugging or kissing the woman.
Melanie Camm, defending, said the defendant still works for the courier company and is a “trusted and valued member of the team”.