Cleaning company boss cleared of sex assaults

PUBLISHED: 14:11 06 January 2017

Exeter Crown Court.

Exeter Crown Court.

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A cleaning company boss accused of groping a man has been found not guilty of all charges after an Exmouth night club manager told the court he was with him at the time of the alleged the sex assaults

A cleaning company boss has been cleared of groping a man after telling a jury the allegation had been invented.

John Trotter was accused of assaulting a man as he walked down Exeter High Street during a night out. He was cleared after an Exmouth nightclub manager testified that he had been with him at the time.

Exeter Crown Court heard how Trotter had been out in the city centre with a group from Exmouth and Stoke on Trent when it was alleged he touched a man while walking between two nightclubs in Exeter.

Trotter said any contact had been innocuous and consensual.

Trotter, aged 45, of Larksfield Road, Stoke on Trent, denied two counts of sexually assaulting a man in Exeter in 2015 and was found not guilty of both charges.

The prosecution alleged Trotter pulled a man into a doorway near the Guildhall on Exeter High Street, pushed his hand down his trousers and later kissed him against his will inside a nightclub.

Trotter told Exeter Crown Court that both allegations were untrue. He said he had walked between the two clubs with the manager of the Fever club in Exmouth and not been with the complainant.

He said there had been some contact with a man inside Unit 1 nightclub, Exeter, but he had not forced himself on him or kissed him against his will.

John Mason, manager of Fever in Exmouth, said he had a clear memory of walking with Trotter from Rococo to Unit 1.

He said they had chatted about how parts of Exeter had inspired the Harry Potter books. He had also pointed out the Ann Summers shop to Trotter because he had previously managed a store.


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