Stepdad on trial over abuse of teen ‘HE WOULD GRAB HER AND HAVE SEX WITH HER’
A MAN sexually abused his stepdaughter for years while the rest of the family were going about their lives in the same house, a court heard.
Truro Crown Court heard how the man, now 39, allegedly believed he was in a relationship with the girl, starting when she was 13 years old.
All the incidents are alleged to have happened between 2010 and 2013 in the St Austell, Cornwall, area.
The man, who is not named to protect the identity of the alleged victim, denies 16 charges of sexual activity with a child and three charges of voyeurism.
Opening the trial, Heather Hope, prosecuting, said that by the time the alleged abuse began, the man had been living with his partner and her children for over five years.
Ms Hope told the jury: “They spent a lot of time together, they were really close.
“She would start staying up increasingly late, usually on a Friday and Saturday. He would sit downstairs with her and watch films together while mum was upstairs in the bedroom watching TV.
“The first time something happened was when she and the defendant were sitting on the sofa watching a film. She describes lying with her head on his lap and she remembers him drinking.
“He started putting his hand down her trousers, which progressed to him touching her bottom and then vagina.
“She didn’t really understand what he was doing or why he was doing it.” man would touch her sexually, make her perform oral sex and on some occasions have anal sex with her.
According to the girl’s brother, he once heard what he later realised were sexual noises coming from his sister’s room.
“He didn’t want to think anything was happening to his sister, so he too said nothing,” Ms Hope said.
On other occasions the man would go into the bathroom while the girl was in the shower and masturbate while watching her, before grabbing her as she came out of the shower.
“As she got older, she understood better what TRIAL: Truro Crown Court was going on and brought things to an end.”
The defendant told police that what was alleged was “untrue” and said the girl only made the allegations because he had taken a dislike to her boyfriend.
He denied all forms of sexual contact with the girl and said the noises her brother heard must have been “playing with and tickling the girls”.
Ms Hope added: “It is not credible that she would make up these allegations of such seriousness about a man she loved like a father, a man who was there for her mother and her family.”
The trial continues.