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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

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Cumbrian man accused of sexually assaulting girl

A 31-year-old man has gone on trial accused of sexually assaulting a young girl.

Andrew Ramage, who lived at Seven Acres, Parton, at the time of the alleged offences, has denied two charges of sexually assaulting a teenager and inciting her to engage in sexual activity.

At Carlisle Crown Court yesterday a jury heard that Ramage conducted an online and text message relationship with the girl. The prosecution claim that during a meeting with the girl he sexually touched her and made her touch him.

The jury heard how the defendant had allegedly developed an “unhealthy sexual interest” in the girl in the weeks or months leading up to the incident.

The jury was read a transcript of messages that were sent and received by Andrew Ramage on the day of the alleged offence.

Opening the case, prosecutor Tim Evans, said that after the alleged touching incident, Ramage sent a text message to the girl saying “You loved that ey xxxx”, the court heard.

The girl’s response was, Mr Evans said: “No I don’t just go to bed.”

Ramage was said to have responded with: “OMG. Soz never meant out by it.”

Around two hours after the alleged incident, he sent another text: “Soz about earlier it was out of order.”

Mr Evans added: “What is the ‘that’ that Andrew Ramage is referring to? The Crown says that’s him saying to her you loved me touching you. What was he telling her sorry for if nothing sexual had happened?”

The trial continues.

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