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Afoladi Sotunde, of Edgware, cleared of rape and assault in St Albans Crown Court
A man accused of sexually assaulting a schoolgirl as she slept collapsed in the dock on Friday when he was found not guilty by a jury.
Afoladi Sotunde, 28, broke down in tears after being acquitted at St Albans Crown court of rape and an alternative charge of assault by penetration.
Sotunde, now living in Edgware, told the court that the allegation had left him distraught, scared and unable to sleep.
He admitting "trying it on" with the 18-year-old as she lay on the couch in his former flat in Premier Place, Watford, but denied any sexual offence.
Giving evidence he said he sat down on the couch and then lay down behind her. "We were just talking - it was just general conversation.
"I had my left hand on her left leg. There was no resistance or anything. I moved my hand towards her private area. It was under her skirt. It was a natural escalation," he said.
Asked by his barrister David Jones, if she was awake he replied: "Yes she was." He denied raping her or sexually penetrating her with his finger.
He said the teenager pushed his hand away when he moved it. She then got up and walked into Mr Sotunde's bedroom where he said the girl's friend was having sex with a man who was living in his flat. He said the two girls then left the flat abruptly.
Later Mr Sotunde saw a text message sent to the other man in which he was accused of rape.
He went on: "I was shocked and scared. I was petrified. She was saying I raped her. I was distraught and scared and couldn't sleep. I said I had tried it on but she wasn't having any of it."
The next day he went on a trip to Bournemouth with friends and was called by the police who said they wanted to speak to him at Watford police station as a "matter of urgency". He went to the police station, where he denied any wrong doing.
Earlier, the jury heard that the schoolgirl had been to an Ann Summers party before going onto Area night club with a friend where they met the defendant and his flatmate. After leaving the club in the early hours of Saturday morning they for went chips in the High Street. They then got a lift with the friend and Mr Sotunde back to his flat.
In a police video interview she said she was asleep on a sofa when she alleged Mr Sotunde was having sex with her.
The girl, who at the time was wearing a white blouse and short black pencil skirt, said she had drunk wine earlier that night and in the flat. When asked by the police officer how drunk she was on a scale of one to ten, she said "eight".
Mr Sotunde denied rape and assault by penetration on April 16 2011. He was cleared by the jury of rape on Thursday (January 10) and of assault by penetration on Friday (January 11).