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Man, 24, convicted of sexual assault

A 24-year-old man has been convicted of sexual assaulting a man inside his own home in Kingsthorpe, Northampton.

On January 16 this year, Budd Lee Simmons, previously of Northampton, was invited to sleep on the sofa at a friend’s house in Kingsthorpe after a night out. 

However, when everyone was asleep, Simmons entered a bedroom inside the house, and once inside, sexually assaulted a man in his own bed by inappropriately touching him.

The man woke up and Simmons fled the address with police being called a short time later.

Simmons was arrested and subsequently charged with sexual assault. At Northampton Crown Court on November 17 this year, he pleaded guilty to the offence and was sentenced to two years and eight months in prison.

Lead Investigator – PC Jess Hurst, said: “First of all, I want to commend the man in this case for his bravery in coming forward, reporting this offence to us, and supporting the case throughout the court process.

“In his victim personal statement, he wrote that he keeps wondering if he could have done anything differently to prevent this offence from happening.

“Let me be absolutely clear – as with any case of sexual assault, the blame here is on the offender only. This man could not have done anything differently and he must not blame himself. Budd Simmons is the only person in this case who should feel responsibility and shame for his actions. 

“Men are often less likely to speak up when they are victims of sexual assault and abuse, and I hope this case shows that Northamptonshire Police will take their reports extremely seriously and that they will be treated with sensitivity and support throughout.

“Budd Simmons is now behind bars and that is solely down to this man’s bravery in coming forward. I hope the conclusion of this case provides him with a sense of closure and the ability to move forward.”

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