Man tells Plymouth jury that he did not abuse children
A MAN has repeatedly denied sexually abusing three children over a decade.
Married university graduate Lee Murphy, aged 30, told a jury that his alleged victims were telling lies.
Murphy is on trial at Plymouth Crown Court on four offences of indecent or sexual assault.
He said: "I have never behaved inappropriately to any children, or anyone."
Two men and a woman, now in their teens and 20, have told the jury how Murphy touched them indecently while they were in bed, either while they were asleep or watching a film.
One girl and one boy claim to have been assaulted once, while the other boy said he was touched indecently on four or five occasions.
The court heard that none of the alleged victims told anyone about what had happened until 2011.
Kelly Scrivener, for the Crown Prosecution Service, repeatedly put the specific allegations to Murphy. He denied each and every claim.
The court heard that Murphy, who studied at Plymouth University, was married in 2004.
Earlier, the jury had heard from the boyfriend of one of the alleged victims who said she told him that she had been abused by Murphy.
Murphy, of North Road West, denies one offence of indecently assaulting a girl under the age of 14 and two specimen charges of indecently assaulting a boy under 14.
He also pleads not guilty to another charge of sexually touching a boy under 14. The offences are said to have happened in the city between 1995 and 2005.
Judge Paul Darlow told the jury to strike out a fifth charge claiming that Murphy had indecently assaulted the girl when she was aged six or seven between 1993 and 1995.
He is expected to finish his summing-up today and the jury should retire to consider its verdicts.