29 Aug 2011

Man denies raft of sex charges against young people

8:17 pm on 29 August 2011

A man accused of repeated sexual offending against young people under 16 has denied 20 charges at his Wellington High Court trial.

The man, whose identity is suppressed, faces one count of rape, 14 counts of indecent assault, four counts of committing an indecent act on a young person, and one of making an intimate visual recording.

The charges relate to alleged offences against six young people from 1997 until 2008. Seven of the counts are representative.

The Crown says most of the man's victims were in their early teens when he befriended them, exposing them to sexually explicit images and conversation before progressing to serious offending including rape and indecent assault.

The man's lawyer, Greg King, told the court on Monday that his client denies having sexual contact with anyone under the age of 16.

The trial is set down for three to four weeks.