Pete Hughes, Environment reporter covering South Oxford, Kennington & Wantage. Call me on 01865 425431 / / Didcot
FOUR Years ago, Otto Baxter was on a quest to lose his virginity.
His mother even offered to pay for a prostitute for her son.
But now, the 25-year-old actor, who has Down’s syndrome, has finally found love.
And he even says marriage is on the cards.
In the 2009 BBC documentary Love, Lust and Las Vegas, Mr Baxter, then 21, went to a strip club in America’s sleaze capital to explore the world of sex.
But now he says he has found the right woman in 22-year-old Stephanie Newman, who also has Down’s syndrome.
The lovebirds met at a photographic exhibition on London’s South Bank in April last year.
Mr Baxter, who also has Tourette’s syndrome, said: “It is going really well.
“We like watching TV together, and going to see films and going to the theatre.”
The loving couple already call each other Mr and Mrs Baxter.
“Marriage is definitely on the cards,” added Mr Baxter, “Stephanie has been talking about it for a while.
“She has already started inviting people to the wedding.”
As for moving out of his mum’s house, he said “forget about it”.
Instead, he wants Miss Newman to move into the house he shares in Steventon with his mum Lucy and his adopted brothers James, 31, and Titus, 17, who also have Down’s syndrome, and nine-year-old Raphael.
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