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Man sexually assaults woman and exposed himself to her nine-year-old in Nottingham

A 31-year-old sexually assaulted a woman and indecently exposed himself to a young boy as he sat on wall with his mother.

Lewis Saxton groped the woman as he passed her in a block of flats in Wyton Close, Bestwood, on June 4 this year.

Furious at his behaviour, the victim stood with her back against a communal door to prevent him from leaving, while her sister called the police.

Officers arrived and arrested Saxton, who appeared to be drunk. He denied the offence and was granted conditional bail while the investigation continued.

He committed a further offence on July 21. On this occasion, Saxton exposed himself to a nine-year-old boy and his mother as they sat on a wall in Alfreton Road in Nottingham city centre.

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Two men chased Saxton away and told the mother where he lived. Police were called and Saxton was swiftly rearrested.

In a victim impact statement, the mother said her young son had been left traumatised by Saxton’s actions and that he worries about it happening again.

Saxton, of Beauvale Road, The Meadows, was subsequently charged with sexual assault and indecent exposure.

He pleaded guilty to the offences and was sentenced at Nottingham Crown Court to a three-year community order. He must complete an accredited sexual offender programme and will be on the sex offenders’ register for five years.

He was further made the subject of a rehabilitation activity requirement to address his misuse of drugs and alcohol.

Following the sentencing, Detective Sergeant Stuart Barson, of Nottinghamshire’s public protection team, said: “Saxton’s disturbing actions were utterly depraved and left his victims feeling extremely upset and distressed.

“It is vile to think that someone would behave like this towards anyone, let alone a young child.

“I’d like to praise the victims in this case for reporting these incidents to us so that we could take action against Saxton.

“Sexual assault and indecent exposure and very serious crimes and we will always thoroughly investigate reports with the view to prosecuting offenders.

“If you are a victim of sexual assault or indecent exposure please do not hesitate to report it to us. We know how difficult it can be to report incidents like this but please know that professional support and care will be given to all victims.”

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