A school caretaker accused of having sex with a pupil in his office, car and a school lift has told a court the allegations are all lies.
Lawrence Young, aged 47, of Perrywood Road, Great Barr, Birmingham, said he did not have sex with children and did not know why the allegations had been made.
He has denied charges of sexual intercourse with a girl under 12, two charges of indecency with a child, assault, and five other serious sexual offences.
All of the charges relate to a period when he was caretaker at Great Barr School, Aldridge Road, between 2002 and 2006 when he was said to have had sex with girl who at the time was aged between 12 and 15. However, during cross examination at Birmingham Crown Court he said he only met the girl on a handful of occasions on school grounds when she would ask his caretaker colleagues for cigarettes.
He told the court: “I had no sexual contact with her,” and when asked if he had any idea why the allegations had been made he said: “None whatsoever.”
He then told the court the claims were all lies.
Young, the court heard, had not had any contact with the alleged victim after she left the school in 2005.
However after a chance encounter last year he said she asked for his telephone number. He was then arrested on August 20 by police.
During the investigation detectives seized three mobile phones from his home finding more than 150 pictures of women’s breasts on one of them. He told the court: “I am a man, I like looking at women’s breasts.”
However he said the photos were of ex-girlfriends and the allegation he took pictures of the alleged victim’s chest was a coincidence.
Young also told the court a text message he sent to the woman after meeting again last year, asking if she wanted to see his “white bits” referred to marks on his skin caused by the sun.
He said: “I sent it to her as a joke, I intended it as a joke. I thought that’s how she would take it.”
The case continues.