Sheffield babysitter in ‘disbelief’ at sexual assault claims

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A male babysitter accused of sexually assaulting four boys told police during an interview that he ‘wouldn’t do a thing like that’ and had been in ‘disbelief’ when confronted with the allegations.

Alexander Green, aged 31, of Crosspool in Sheffield, denied claims put to him by detectives that he sexually assaulted his alleged young victims.

Kitty Taylor, prosecuting at Sheffield Crown Court, read out parts of Green’s interview with police on June 17, 2014.

In it, officers asked Green if he had sexually assaulted one of the boys.

Green said: “I don’t recall doing that, I couldn’t imagine doing that to anyone, especially to a child.”

The defendant denied any sexual assault through the interview.

When asked about any physical contact with the four boys, Green responded: “I used to rub their bellies.

“It was a show of affection on my part, it was hard to hug them when they were lying down.”

The defendant insisted that ‘nothing sinister’ was meant by the act and thought the boys were comfortable with it. He said he wouldn’t have done it if he felt they didn’t like it.

Green also told police that he was ‘heterosexual’ and was ‘not a sexualised person’.

Green said that he was ‘fully aware’ of the notion people could reach about male babysitters and said he took ‘extra care’ in maintaining respectable boundaries.

The court heard about Green’s battle with illnesses and he was constantly in and out of hospital between 2006 and 2011.

Green was diagnosed with a form of autism after he was interviewed by police.

He denies 23 counts of sexual assault of a child under the age of 13 and one count of causing a child to engage in sexual activity against four boys.

The trial continues.