Police officer denies indecently assaulting schoolgirl

Ipswich Crown Court ANL-140617-141524001

Ipswich Crown Court ANL-140617-141524001

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A police officer accused of forming a “wholly inappropriate” relationship with a schoolgirl has denied indecently assaulting her.

Scott Stevens, 41, of Bures Road, Great Cornard, is on trial at Ipswich Crown Court.

He has pleaded not guilty to two offences of indecent assault between March 1995 and March 2001.

Prosecuting, John Caudle said that at the time of the alleged offences the girl, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, was aged between seven and 12.

The jury has heard claims that Stevens had shown the girl pornographic magazines and given her gifts and alcohol and massages.

He had also encouraged her to feign illness to allow her to spend time with him rather than go to school, alleged Mr Caudle.

Stevens had formed a “wholly inappropriate” relationship with the girl, giving her a massage after she took off her top and on one occasion indecently touching her inside her underwear, it was claimed.

Following his arrest, Stevens denied having done anything wrong but did admit that he had bought her gifts and given her sips of alcohol, said Mr Caudle.

The court heard that Stevens was arrested and questioned after the girl told her father that when she was a child she had been sexually abused by Stevens.

The trial continues.