Clive Glasford leaving Birmingham Crown Court
A city council housing officer who raped a “vulnerable” single mother fearful of losing her home while her child slept next to her has been jailed for five years.
The 47 year-old had pleaded not guilty to the offence.
He was acquitted of a further charge of rape and one of sexual assault.
Recorder Hill QC told the former Birmingham City Council worker: “It seems to me from the evidence I have heard you were strongly attracted to her.
“Although there was an age gap of over 20 years you were keen and pursued a relationship with her.
“Clearly she was vulnerable up to a point, because as a single mother she was fearful of losing her house.
“You were clearly not only breaching your code of conduct as a housing officer, as the jury found, you went much further than that.”
He said the victim had been prepared to have a friendly relationship with the defendant but continued: “I am satisfied it was you who lead the way so far as moving the relationship further.”
The court heard that Glasford, an Area Champion for Elite Boxers in 2012, had visited the woman on the evening of December 12 in 2013 when there was sexual contact between them.
However the victim then went upstairs complaining of feeling unwell and passed out.
She then woke up to discover the defendant having sex with her.
The judge continued: “She was unconscious which meant she was in no position to consent.
“When she woke up she tried to stop you doing what you were doing.
“The position is aggravated because she had her child in bed with her at the time although mercifully he did not wake up.”
He went on: “I have read a victim impact statement from her and as a result of this her already fragile mental health has worsened.
“She has depression and has felt she could not cope with living in Birmingham and has had to move.”
The judge said he had taken into account that after a difficult start in life Glasford had done some positive good and that others had spoken of kind acts.
Cathlyn Orchard, defending, said what happened was wholly out of character and that there was no planning involved.
She said that he had lost his employment.
A spokesman for Birmingham City Council said: “He resigned from the council well before it came to court.”