Care home worker, 64, sexually assaulted staff

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A caretaker who carried out a string of sex assaults at a Sudbury care home has been ordered to sign the sexual offenders’ register.

Edward Upson, from High Street, Acton, carried out the assaults, which included slapping a woman colleague on the bottom, during a two-year period.

The 64-year-old appeared at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday charged with 10 counts of sexual assault. He pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing.

Prosecutor Nicola Leppard said Upson had worked at the home for four years, with the offences taking place between May, 2010, and July, 2012.

She said the sexual assaults had been committed against two women, both employed at the home.

“The first woman said he appeared quite flirtatious and made unwanted comments to her,” said Mrs Leppard.

“In November 2010, he gave her an unwanted kiss on the lips. In the summer of 2011, he gave her another unwanted kiss, cupping her face in his hands and kissing her on the lips.”

She told the court he had made a similar approach to another woman.

“He pulled her so close she could feel his breath on her face,” said Mrs Leppard. “She thought he would kiss her, but she pulled away and walked off.”

Upson had also made comments about the woman’s “hot backside” and smacked her bottom.

Mrs Leppard said he had also touched the woman’s leg and her chest.

“He said he was warming himself up as a joke, but it was not taken that way by the woman,” she said.

In police interview, Upson said he had taken no sexual gratification from the incidents, but would not have done this to a male colleague.

In mitigation, Paul Cammiss said his client did not consider that he was committing an offence through his actions.

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