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Molested boy tells court he felt 'guilty'
7:00am Tuesday 10th September 2013 in News
A schoolboy who was sexually molested by men after meeting them on gay dating sites told a jury: “I felt like I had destroyed people’s lives.”
The teenager, who lives in the Bradford area, was giving evidence in the trial of a 29-year-old man accused of abusing him in a country lane on the edge of Ilkley Moor.
Adam Greenhough denies meeting a 13-year-old boy following sexual grooming, causing a child to engage in sexual activity and three charges of sexual activity with a child.
Prosecutor Matthew Bean told Bradford Crown Court yesterday that the alleged offences happened more than two years ago.
Greenhough, of Mixenden Court, Halifax, took advantage of a vulnerable boy for his own sexual gratification, Mr Bean said.
The two exchanged messages on an internet chat site for three weeks after the boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, signed on to it pretending he was 18.
Greenhough picked up the boy after school when he was still in his uniform, the court was told.
Mr Bean said they drove to the end of a quiet lane where the sexual activity took place. He said the boy was a willing partner in what took place.
They did not meet up again but exchanged text messages.
The jury was told that police and social workers became involved with the boy after concerns about his sexual activity with other men.
Greenhough accepted that he picked up the boy but told the police they just talked.
“The main issue for you to decide is what happened when they met,” Mr Bean told the jury.
Edward Bindloss, Greenhough’s barrister, suggested to the boy that he had confused what happened with the defendant with a series of sexual encounters with another man from Halifax.
But the teenager said he could recall the details of each meeting in each car.
He said he was called to the head teacher’s office and the police took his phone and laptop.
Asked why he did not name Greenhough in his first police interview, he said: “I felt guilty about what was happening to these men and I wanted the whole thing over with.
“I felt like I had destroyed people’s lives.”
The trial continues.