14th September 1785
Reference Numbert17850914-163
VerdictNot Guilty

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883. ROGER SWEETMAN was indicted for that he not having the fear of God before his eyes, but being moved and seduced by the instigation of the devil, with force and arms, upon the 5th day of September last, feloniously did make an assault upon one Henry Sansum , in the peace of God and our Lord the King then and there being, and then and there maliciously, wickedly, and diabolically, and against the order of nature had a venereal affair with the said Henry Sansum , and then and there feloniously, wilfully, and against the order of nature, carnally knew him, and with him did then and there commit, and perpetrate that abominable and detestable crime (not to be mentioned by Christians) called buggery, to the great displeasure of Almighty God, against the form of the statute in such case made and provided, and against his Majesty's peace .


* This prisoner being acquitted on this indictment, the Court ordered the evidence to be suppressed, as too indecent for publication.

Tried by the second London Jury before Mr. RECORDER.

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