Sheffield man, 49, goes on trial accused of sexually abusing nine-year-old girl

A 49-year-old Sheffield man has gone on trial today, accused of sexually abusing a nine-year-old girl on at least four occasions.

A 49-year-old Sheffield man has gone on trial today, accused of sexually abusing a nine-year-old girl on at least four occasions.

A 49-year-old Sheffield man has gone on trial today, accused of sexually abusing a nine-year-old girl on at least four occasions.

Sheffield Crown Court was told how Lee Belch, of Beech Crescent sexually abused a primary school pupil on at least four occasions between June 2013 and July 2014.

The court heard how when the abuse started the girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was just nine-years-old.

Belch, aged 49, denies four counts of sexually assaulting a child under the age of 13.

Prosecutor Rachel Harrison told the court how the abuse came to light after the young girl, who was in year five at school, told school friends and eventually her teacher who informed the police of the allegations.

She said: "The defendant was interviewed by police on January 15, 2016. He said he knew her, but said he hadn't touched her."

"The prosecution must prove that the defendant intentionally touched her."

The court was shown a recording of a police interview with the young alleged victim this morning, during which the girl described the abuse in detail.

The trial continues.

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