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Naked man 'filmed nude 11-year-old'

By This is SouthDevon  |  Posted: August 06, 2008

A NAKED man used an 11-year-old girl's mobile phone to film her cycling in the nude on a cross trainer as a bribe for letting her stay up late, a court heard.

Exeter Crown Court was told 38-year-old Martyn Dodd was meant to be looking after the girl.

Prosecutor Mary McCarthy said one evening when Dodd was naked, he told the girl there was something she could do for him if she wanted to stay up beyond her normal bed time of 7.30pm.

He said she could take off all her clothes and run naked, then get on the cross trainer and ride on it without her clothes on.

“The 11-year-old took that inducement and, having removed her clothes, she got on the bike trainer,” said Miss McCarthy. “Then she looked round and was rather alarmed to see Dodd was pointing her mobile phone at her and filming her. She got off the bike and Dodd then hugged her.”

The prosecutor said there was nothing abnormal about the actual hug except they were both naked.

“The prosecution say that it was grossly inappropriate for him to hug an 11-year-old naked,” said Miss McCarthy.

The jury heard Dodd then told the girl she could put on her pyjamas and she was allowed to stay up a little later than usual.

He also told her not to tell anyone about being allowed to stay up, or the circumstances of how that had come to happen.

Later when the girl was spoken to by the police she said the same thing had been repeated on a second occasion but that time there was no filming or hugging.

The alleged offences came to light after the girl told a school friend and her father what she claimed had happened to her.

Dodd, of Hestow Road, Kingsteignton, has pleaded not guilty to inciting a child to engage in sexual activity by removing her clothes and riding a cross trainer.

He has also denied a second charge of sexual activity with a child aged 11 and the trial continues.

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