23rd Sep, 2019

Pervert with sleeping women fetish jailed after sexually assaulting 'out of it' teenager

A PERVERT with a fetish for pornography involving sleeping women spotted a chance to act out his fantasy when he came across a young woman who was ‘out of it’ outside a Leamington night club.

On the pretext of helping the teenager, who was distressed because she had no way of getting home, James Kipps-Bolton offered to let her spend the night at his flat.

But when she passed out as a result of drinking on top of having taken prescribed medication, 38-year-old Kipps-Bolton sexually abused her and recorded his activity on his phone, a jury has heard.

Kipps-Bolton, of Avenue Road, Leamington, pleaded not guilty at Warwick Crown Court to charges of assault by penetration and sexual assault.

But he was jailed for nine years and ordered to register as a sex offender for life after the jury took just two hours and 40 minutes to find him guilty of both charges by a majority of 10-2.

During the trial prosecutor David Jackson said the young woman, who was in her late teens and from Coventry, was being treated for depression at the time in November 2016, and before going out had been drinking on top of taking medication which had been changed by her doctor the previous day.

She woke up the next morning naked in bed next to Kipps-Bolton before quickly leaving his flat. She was confused about what had happened, but after talking to a friend, she went to a sexual assault referral centre, and from there the police were informed.

Mr Jackson said it emerged shortly after midnight she had phoned her friend from outside the night club, hysterical and crying because she had got separated from the people she had been with and had no money to get home.

As her friend tried to calm her down, Kipps-Bolton also began talking to her, then took her phone and introduced himself to her friend, offering to help her to get home.

Kipps-Bolton claimed the woman had wanted sex, but she said there was no way she would have had sex with him voluntarily, and had not been in a fit state to consent.

When police examined his phone they found photographs of her being touched intimately by Kipps-Bolton when she clearly appeared to be asleep.

“What they also found when they looked at his web history was a number of visits to websites, 81 altogether, where it’s apparent his phone has been used to search for references of sexual activity while a person is sleeping,” said Mr Jackson.

Kipps-Bolton claimed he had told the teenager he liked porn, and that she had posed for him pretending to be asleep – but that was rejected by the jury.

Following the guilty verdicts, Mr Jackson said the young woman says she has suffered mental scarring as a result of her ordeal and the realisation of how vulnerable she was.

Lee Marklew, defending, submitted: “The evidence does not suggest the defendant targeted her to assault her, and the decision to assault her took place after she had passed out.”

But jailing Kipps-Bolton, Recorder Martin Butterworth told him: “You saw a sexual opportunity for yourself. I reject the submission that you at any time wanted to help this young woman, and I reject the submission that your offence was opportunistic.

“You got this young woman into your basement flat. At no time did she flirt with you or make any sexual advances, she was unconscious in your bed.

“You have a fetish in pornography which involves sleeping women, and you took the opportunity to act out that fetish, and you filmed this young woman as you did so.”

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