Man accused of sexual assault at care home found not guilty

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A man accused of sexually assaulting a woman in her 90s at a Suffolk care home has been found not guilty.

Simon Clarke, 51, of St John’s Way, Thetford, denied three offences of sexual assault between February and April last year.

Staff at the home told a jury at Ipswich Crown Court of their ‘shock and concern’ about what they claimed to have seen happening.

On Tuesday the jury returned not guilty verdicts on all three charges faced by Clarke and he was told by Judge David Goodin that he was free to leave the court.

Giving evidence, Clarke said the claims against him were ‘ridiculous’.

When arrested and interviewed by police Clarke alleged that staff at the care home had ‘lovely imaginations’.

During the trial the jury heard claims from three members of the care home staff who alleged they had seen Clarke inappropriately kissing and touching the woman.