A former butler to Queen Elizabeth II has been jailed for sexually assaulting a young boy.
Andrew Lightwood, 57 — who worked for the UK’s royal household at Buckingham Palace for six years — exposed himself to the boy and put his hands down the child’s pants and molested him, Cardiff Crown Court heard, according to Wales Online.
“To the outside world, you were an upstanding moral person, but that hid a dark reality,” Judge Niclas Parry told the former butler of the February attack in Wales.
“You abused him for your own sexual gratification.”
Lightwood was jailed for 28 months after admitting engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child and assaulting a boy by sexual touching. He was also forced to have a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for 10 years, during which he will also have to register as a sex offender, according to the report.
The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, says the attack lasted more than eight minutes and he only got away by pretending he needed to use the bathroom, the hearing heard.