A WOMAN was sexually assaulted as she slept on the sofa in her living room after a night out with a male friend.

The incident has resulted in Connell Ross being placed on the sex offenders' register.

Ross, 21, of Humbie Terrace, Aberdour, appeared in the dock at Dunfermline Sheriff Court.

He admitted that on June 15, at an address in Inverkeithing, he sexually assaulted a female by touching her leg over her clothing and rubbed his hand towards her inner thigh.

Depute fiscal Laura McManus told the court that Ross and the female were friends at the time and sometimes had nights out together but were not in a relationship.

On this occasion, they had been out socialising and she had allowed Ross to stay overnight at her home, Ms McManus said, adding that he was in a bedroom and the host was sleeping in her living room on a sofa.

She woke up when she felt her leg being touched over her clothing and, when she looked around, Ross was there.

“He jumped up from the floor and ran up the stairs. At this point the complainer did not think too much of it and went back to sleep,” added the depute.

However, about 10 minutes later, she woke up again to find Ross standing over and watching her.

He claimed he was just checking to make sure she was asleep and he went back upstairs, said Ms McManus.

Ross left her house in the morning and then messaged her apologising for his actions.

The victim told her mother what had happened and the police were contacted.

Ross “made full admissions” when interviewed by the police, said the depute.

Sheriff Craig McSherry called for reports and Ross will be sentenced on November 6. He was placed on the sex offenders' register.