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Man found not guilty of rape because he suffers from disorder that causes him to unknowingly have sex while asleep

By Mason White 10:14 AM September 19, 2014
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By: Anika Rao
A man was found not guilty of rape despite the fact that he raped a woman, according to a court ruling in Sweden.

A doctor told the court that the defendant suffers from “sexsomnia,” which is a disorder that causes people to unknowingly have sex while they are asleep.

“The 26-year-old had no intention of having sex,” the Appeals Court in Sundsvall ruled. The court overturned his two-year prison sentence he had received in a lower court.

“The defendant was in a state of sleepiness, and was unaware of what was happening,” the court said in its ruling.

A specialist in sleep disorders told the court that the accused could have suffered from sexsomnia, a state in which a person can have sex while asleep.

The theory was supported by the former partner of the man. Sexsomnia is a condition closely related to sleepwalking. Those affected by sexsomnia are not aware of their actions, specialists say.