Thirty-five year old Alan Ball was acquitted of sexually assaulting a young girl in a Preston Crown courthouse yesterdays.
Ball was on trial for climbing into a young girl’s bed and kissing her while she was asleep last New Year’s Eve.
According to court records, Ball, who has a history of sleepwalking, was sleepwalking the night he crawled into bed with the girl and kissed her on the lips.
Expert witnesses said that because Ball did not carry out more activity when he got into bed with her proved that he was sleepwalking. In addition, the fact that he could not remember doing it is typically behavior of sleepwalkers.
Prosecutors in the case said that the girl’s family declined to offer any evidence and refused to testify against Ball, and Judge Stuart Baker was forced to deliver a not guilty verdict.
While Ball was facing these charges, he was only allowed to see his five-year-old daughter during supervised visits.