Man charged following series of sexual assaults on women in Brighton

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Detectives investigating a series of sexual assaults by touching during which women across Brighton and Hove city have been targeted have charged a man.

Sussex Police say that Constantin Barbutu, 20, of Cromwell Road, Hove, will appear before Brighton Magistrates’ Court on September 14 charged with 20 counts of sexual assaults by touching on women in the city dating from September last year to February this year.

Police received 24 reports from women stating that they have been grabbed or touched from behind, or had sexual gestures made towards them by a man riding a bicycle.

The incidents stretched from New Church Road in Hove to Madeira Drive in Kemptown, and up to Dyke Road Avenue in the north of the city.

Most of the offences happened during the hours of darkness ranging from early evening through to 3am.