Dane found to have 'sexsomnia,' acquitted of sex crimes
The Associated Press
Published Wednesday, April 10, 2013 11:44AM EDT
COPENHAGEN, Denmark - A Danish man has been acquitted of molesting two 17-year-old girls after he was found to suffer from a rare sleep disorder known as "sexsomnia."
The Glostrup court said Wednesday that the man fondled the teenagers while sleeping in his suburban Copenhagen apartment after a party in 2011.
The girls awoke and interrupted the man, and later reported him to police.
But the court cleared the 31-year-old of sex crimes charges, saying medical tests show he suffers from "sexsomnia" in which a person engages in sexual activity while asleep.
Michael Laub, a Danish sleep specialist who wasn't involved in the case, said it's a rare but widely recognized sleep disorder.
The defendant said he had no recollection of what happened.