Step­dad on trial over abuse of teen ‘HE WOULD GRAB HER AND HAVE SEX WITH HER’

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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.

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