Man goes on trial for alleged abuse of three children in Plymouth
A MAN sexually abused three children over a dozen years, a court heard.
Lee Murphy, aged 30, indecently touched two boys and a girl as they lay in bed, Plymouth Crown Court was told.
The children were aged between six and 11 at the time, a jury heard.
Murphy, of North Road West, is accused of two offences of indecently assaulting a girl under the age of 14 and two of indecently assaulting a boy under 14.
He also faces another charge of sexually touching a boy under 14.
Murphy denies all of the allegations.
The offences are said to have taken place in the city between December 1993 and November 2005.
Kelly Scrivener, opening Murphy's trial for the Crown Prosecution Service, said: "This case is about the sexual abuse of three younger children over the course of 11 or 12 years.
"He sexually abused them in their own family homes."
She added that Murphy himself was only about 11 or 12 himself at the time of the first assaults.
Miss Scrivener said the first two charges concerned specific incidents of indecent touching against a girl.
She added the third and fourth allegations were specimen charges to represent "four or five" allegations against a boy over about six months.
Miss Scrivener said the final charge related to single incident involving a second boy.
She added that on each occasion the child said they were touched indecently in bed, either as they slept or while watching a film.
Miss Scrivener said that none of the children told their parents at the time.
She added the first victim "froze" and "kept quiet" during the first assault.
Miss Scrivener said after the second incident she "curled up in a ball".
She added: "She did not tell anyone for years."
Miss Scrivener said the second complainant was left "shocked and confused".
She added the second boy claimed he was unwell after he was touched.
Miss Scrivener said Murphy had denied touching the three children sexually during a police interview.
The trial continues.