Man denies sex attacks on girl

A SCHOOLGIRL was “physically sick” as she recounted her sex attack ordeal, a jury heard.

John Thompson, 27, is standing trial at Teesside Crown Court accused of four counts of sexually touching a child.

The Hartlepool man denies the charges, claiming the child had “made them up”.

Jurors were shown the girl’s police interview in which she described the accusations and said she did not tell anyone for weeks because she “felt dirty”.

In the hour-long police interview she said: “I was scared because I thought he was going to do something with me. He said he was going to have sex with me.

“I didn’t tell anyone because I felt dirty about it.

“It made me feel sick. Even talking about it makes me feel sick.”

Tim Gittins, prosecuting, said the girl was emotional as she talked about the matter.

He added: “She was physically upset and distressed. She was physically sick with the worry of what she was saying.”

The matter came to light when the girl talked to members of her family about the alleged incidents, saying she feared things were “getting worse”.

Mr Gittins added: “The defendant was arrested that night and interviewed.

“He denied the allegations in strong terms, saying she had made them up.”

Thompson was living in Hartlepool when he is said to have targeted the girl. His address is now Ullswater Road, Ferryhill.

The trial continues.