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Thornton piano teacher says rape allegations are 'crazy'
A piano teacher accused of raping and sexually abusing a girl pupil told the jury the allegations were “absolute madness”.
Highly-trained musician and church organist Andrew Pearson said he was deeply shocked when he heard what the child was saying had happened.
“The feeling of devastation was absolutely awful. It just got worse and worse and worse,” he said from the witness box at Bradford Crown Court yesterday.
Pearson, 37, of Bronte Old Road, Thornton, Bradford, denies eight allegations of raping a girl under 13 and seven of sexually abusing her over a five-year period.
He is accused of showing the child internet pornography, taking indecent photos of her and asking her to wear just her knickers.
Prosecutor Jason Pitter has told the jury that Pearson had “peculiar” sexual interests, including in female knickers.
Pearson, an account manager for Yorkshire Water, said he began learning the piano when he was seven. He had a talent for it and soon began playing the organ in church.
He said the girl’s family asked him to teach her the piano. He hardly knew her when the tuition started when she was eight, the court heard.
Pearson said it was ridiculous to suggest that he began touching the child indecently on the first or second lesson.
He said he had legal adult pornography on his computers but had never showed it to his pupil.
Labelling the allegations against him “crazy” and “total fiction,” Pearson told the jury: “I would not do those things to a child, ever.”
Cross-examined by Mr Pitter, Pearson told the court he had a large collection of internet pornography featuring young women and was particularly interested in female bodily functions.
Asked by Mr Pitter if he had an interest in soiled ladies’ panties, Pearson replied: “That is a fetish of mine, yes.”
He agreed that his wife, from whom he is separated, had found a small pair of pink knickers in his drawer. He said they belonged to his first girlfriend from many years ago. He said he found them in the attic when he was looking for his fishing equipment.
The trial continues.