A MAN accused of raping a 12-year-old girl at a Bradford hotel said he merely gave her a peck on the cheek before checking out of the room he had booked for them.

Fahad Goheer, 22, told a jury at Bradford Crown Court yesterday it was the girl's idea to meet up at the Ibis Budget, off Canal Road, on January 21 this year after they chatted on the Periscope phone app.

She said she was a 19-year-old beautician before they arranged to see one another later the same day, he said.

Goheer, a student, of Fenton Street, Rochdale, denies two charges of rape of a child under 13 and an offence of meeting a child following sexual grooming.

Cross-examined by prosecution barrister, Stephen Wood, Goheer said he contacted the girl after learning that she was his number one Superfan on Periscope.

"I've got loads of other Superfans," Goheer told the court.

They talked on a live 'broadcast' and exchanged phone numbers but he did not see her face before he came to Bradford by train, he stated.

He said he asked for a photo but she did not send one.

Mr Wood asked Goheer: "What did you think was going to happen in that hotel room with your number one Superfan?"

Goheer replied: "Just talk."

He said he was not thinking straight when he arranged to meet the girl because he was half asleep in the early hours of the morning.

Mr Wood suggested: "You thought your number one Superfan had given you the opportunity of a lifetime, sex in a hotel in Bradford."

Goheer denied this, saying he cancelled the hotel booking but reinstated it when the girl asked if he was still coming to see her.

He told the jury it was her idea to buy condoms and he quickly checked out of the hotel after they had chatted for a while. Nothing happened between them but a peck on the cheek.

Goheer denied that scratches on the girl were from any sexual encounter.

He agreed he told her to delete her text messages and say she had been with her friends that evening when her family contacted him afterwards.

He texted her saying: "Get these guys off my back and stick to your story."

The trial continues.