A MAN who used to live at a probation hostel in Hucknall has been cleared of sexually assaulting a woman nearly 20 years older than him.
Nottingham Crown Court heard claims that the alleged victim told Richard Czytika (27): “I could be your Mrs Robinson.”
This was a reference to a character in the hit 1960s film, ‘The Graduate’.
In the movie, the leading star, Dustin Hoffman, is trapped in an affair with the much older Mrs Robinson, who was played by Ann Bancroft.
Czykita, whose address was previously listed as the hostel on Astral Grove, told a jury that when he went for a drive in the woman’s car, she willingly took part in sexual activity with him in a lay-by near Calverton.
He was shocked when he was arrested by the police the next day.
When questioned, he complained that the woman, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, had sexually assaulted him.
“I thought that if she’s making up an allegation against me, then I’ll make one against her,” he told the court.
Giving evidence at his trial, Mr Czykita said that, in fact, he was upset after splitting up with his girlfriend.
The older woman took him for a drive. In the lay-by, she turned off the lights, locked the car door and left the radio on.
“She took hold of my hand and said it will be all right,” said Mr Czykita.
“She leaned over and gave me a hug. She gave me a kiss on the cheek then a peck on the lips.”
Mr Czykita added: “The next thing I know, I’m full-on kissing her. One thing led to another.”
They were soon touching each other intimately, the court was told. Then something clicked and they both pulled away.
Mr Czykita said he was embarrassed, while she was saying it should not have happened and not to tell anyone. She drove him home.
Later, he sent her text messages asking if she was OK, said Sarah Knight (prosecuting).
One message said: “I’m sorry for being a muppet.”
Mr Czykita pleaded not guilty to two counts of sexual assault. The jury took less than five minutes to acquit him.
An earlier trial had been stopped when the jury was discharged for legal reasons.