Child abuse accused denies claims


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A NAILSEA man accused of sexually abusing children has forcefully denied all of the allegations made against him.

Michael Alvey is accused of molesting the youngsters in a number of separate incidents spanning a period between the late 1990s and 2012.

The 54-year-old, of Yew Tree Gardens, is charged with four counts of sexual activity with a child, two of sexual assault, five of indecency with a child, one of indecent assault and one of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child.

On January 4, a trial began at Bristol Crown Court and it has been heard the charges relate to alleged incidents involving three males and one female, who were either aged under 13 or under 16 at the time of the alleged abuse.

The Times reported last week how one complainant told the court the alleged abuse by Alvey had led him to feel disgusted with himself and he turned to drink and drugs as a result.

On Monday, Alvey was questioned in front of the jury by his defence solicitor, Jonathan Stanniland.

Alvey, who provided informal sports coaching and also tutoring for some of his alleged victims, denied touching any of them inappropriately. He told the court that he did not have a sexual attraction toward any of them and also denied ever taking his clothes off in front of them.

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Mr Stanniland said: “Did you commit any of the offences you are accused of doing?

Alvey replied: “No.”

Mr Stanniland also asked why Alvey had bought presents for his alleged victims. Alvey explained the father of one of the children had reimbursed him for the cost of items bought during a shopping trip.

Regarding another alleged victim, who he is accused of targeting while living in a caravan on a smallholding in Wales, Alvey said he bought items for the whole family to say thank you for letting him stay with them.

Evidence in the case is expected to end today (Wed) with the jury to be then sent out to make a decision on a verdict.