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Monday, 22 September 2014

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Cumbrian teenager denies repeated sex abuse of boy

A teenager accused of repeatedly abusing a younger boy told police when he was arrested that what happened between them was “just horseplay”, a court heard.

Christopher Brown, now 19, was arrested last year in Middlesbrough, where he is at college, on a string of charges that he had sexually assaulted the boy when they both lived in Workington a few years ago.

He told police that there had never been any form of sexual contact between them.

He said he was “straight”, but added that while he had had girlfriends he had never had any sexual relationship with anyone, a jury at Carlisle Crown Court heard.

He said he had engaged in horseplay with the boy, but none of it had a sexual motive, the court was told.

Brown, of Needham Drive, Workington, has pleaded not guilty to a total of nine charges of sexual activity with a child, all allegedly committed before he was 18.

Prosecuting counsel Rob Dudley told the jury the alleged behaviour started with “a chaste kiss on the cheek”, but graduated to inappropriate touching to something much more serious.

“The boy thought it was wrong to begin with, and later on he knew it was wrong,” he said.

“But he couldn’t really stop it.”

The police were eventually told when, after his mother found him crying on the doorstep, he talked to a learning mentor at his school.

The trial continues.

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