Northampton man who sexually assaulted man while he was asleep avoids jail sentence

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A 34-year-old man who sexually assaulted another man in Northampton has been given a suspended jail sentence.

Alex Barton, of Martins Lane, Hardingstone, pulled the man’s shorts and underwear down and performed a sex act on the man as he was sleeping on April 2 last year.

Barton appeared at Northampton Crown Court after he pleaded guilty to sexual assault.

The court heard the victim had been left “very troubled” by the incident.

Judge Rupert Mayo sentenced Barton to 14 months in prison, suspended for two years. He must also complete 50 hours unpaid work. He will have to sign the Sex Offenders’ Register for the next 10 years.