Teenage girls ‘abused by OAP’

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A ‘manipulative’ pensioner plied teenagers with alcohol and cigarettes before sexually abusing them in his car and at home, a court heard.

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, Sheffield Crown Court heard.

Michelle Colbourne QC, prosecuting, said the alleged offences - against seven girls and a boy - took place between January 2004 and December 2009.

The youngest victim was just 13 when she started to suffer abuse.

Miss Colbourne said: “For a number of years in his late 50s and since turning 60, he chose to spend his time with young teenagers.

“He went out night after night in his car and gave those youngsters the opportunity to behave in a way which would have undoubtedly shocked their parents.

“He behaved in a clever and attractive way to manipulate them.

“He bought them alcohol and cigarettes, he took them clubbing, he encouraged them to talk about sex and he let them stay at his house when they weren’t fit to go home.

“He did not do this out of desperation to keep them safe and off the streets. The prosecution say he was attracted to them in a sexual way.”

Miss Colbourne said the married man took the teens to dark and remote beauty spots in South Yorkshire including Cannon Hall in Barnsley.

He even took one of the victims on holiday to Spain.

The 68-year-old denies all the charges against him.

The trial continues.