A MAN has gone on trial accused of sexually abusing two schoolgirls.
Adam Lockwood (30), formerly of Rotherham but now of Mill Lane, Dewsbury, is charged with 14 sexual offences, including nine counts of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, two counts of rape, one of sexual assault, one of assault by penetration and one of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child.
Lockwood denies committing the offences, which are alleged to have taken place between 2012 and 2014 when the complainants were aged between 13 and 15.
Prosecuting at Sheffield Crown Court on Monday, Ms Megan Rhys said the girls had told police Lockwood would sexually abuse them, make them touch each other and force them to watch porn.
Ms Rhys said Lockwood would also touch himself in front of the schoolgirls and would emotionally blackmail them into not telling anyone about the abuse, threatening to hurt himself if they did.
The complainants claim Lockwood would sexually abuse them in his car at Ulley and Thrybergh Country Parks.
Ms Rhys said: “They were frightened of him and didn’t feel like they had a choice.”
Lockwood denied all the allegations to police and claimed the girls were trying to get back at him.
The trial is due to last until next Wednesday.
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