01/31/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

"Sleepwalking" Sexual Assault Defendant Beats Charges

A man was acquitted of sexually assaulting a young girl after medical experts said he was sleepwalking.

Alan Ball, 35, climbed into bed with the child and kissed her on the lips after drinking heavily at a New Year's Eve house party last year.

But a judge found him not guilty of sexual assault when he heard two experts agreed Mr Ball was sleepwalking at the time and did not know what he was doing.

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