Man denies sex abuse of teens

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A ‘manipulative’ pensioner accused of plying teenagers with alcohol and cigarettes before sexually assaulting them has denied abusing a 13-year-old girl.

The 68-year-old South Yorkshire man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is accused of 21 offences of sexual activity against eight different victims, a jury at Sheffield Crown Court has heard.

The offences are alleged to have taken place against seven girls and a boy between January 2004 and December 2009 in and around Barnsley.

Giving evidence in his defence, the man denied having sex with the girl while they were on holiday in Spain in 2007.

He denied they’d had an argument because she told him she didn’t want to have sex with him and denied pushing the apartment’s twin beds together.

He said they’d had a platonic and enjoyable holiday together.

Next he was asked by defence barrister Amanda Denton if he’d tried to have sexual contact with the girl on a weekend away in Scarborough.

“No, not at all,” he said.

“We had some food, went to an amusement arcade and slept in the car, me in the front and her in the back. 
“I had sleeping bags in the back of the car just in case, for emergencies.”

Asked if there had been any sexual contact that night, he replied ‘no, just a kiss on the cheek goodnight.”

The defendant also denied demanding sexual favours from the girl in return for driving her to see her friends in Penistone.

“The only thing I expected from her was a kiss on the cheek when I dropped her off and said goodnight,” he said.

Asked if he’d performed sex acts with her in his car, he said: “No, that’s impossible. I was 25.5 stone. With my disabilities there is no way I could do things like that, not in a confined space, I’m not a contortionist.”

The man also denied touching the girl’s boyfriend sexually in his car and encouraging the young couple to have sex infront of him.

He also denied performing a sex act on the boy.

The trial continues.