Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Alleged victim of sex abuse denies making up story for cash

A MAN claiming he was molested as a schoolboy by “sex predator” Mark Watson has denied making up a story for money.

The alleged victim accepted he had told unconnected lies to police in the past – including a false rape allegation.

But he said his claims of weekly sex attacks at Watson’s home were all true.

And he told a Newcastle Crown Court jury he had not created a fantasy for compensation cash.

Watson’s barrister Robert Spragg said: “I am suggesting you are telling a pack of lies and your motivation is entirely financial.”

But the man, now in his 20s, said his motivation for finally making his complaint was very different.

He told the jury: “It is so he can never do this to anyone else.”

Watson, of Green Lane, Ashington, denies charges of rape, sexual assault, grooming and downloading child pornography.

Prosecutors say he was a predator who posed as a much younger man to meet one of his two alleged victims – then only 15 – on a chat-room website.

He collected the boy and a pal, took them to his home and abused them both after getting them drunk on vodka, it is claimed.

Giving evidence in a recorded video interview, one of the alleged victims said Watson gave him £20-£40 at the end of each visit – cash he spent on cannabis. He said: “At the time I didn’t know. I think its disgusting now. I didn’t understand it.

“All I thought was, ‘If I do this, he gives me money’.

“That is the only reason I did it. I never enjoyed it.”

Watson accepts meeting the alleged victim, the court heard. By then he was 16, he was in his home only twice and nothing sexual ever happened between them, Watson says.

The man told jurors: “I have lied to the police in the past, but I wouldn’t lie on the bible. This has totally wrecked my life and my mental health.”

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