A man from Diss had a “wholly inappropriate” sexual relationship with two schoolgirls, it has been alleged.
Nathan Noble, 23, of Mission Road, is on trial at Ipswich Crown Court where he has pleaded not guilty to seven offences.
The court this week heard claims from Christopher Kerr, prosecuting, that Noble had “manipulated” his friendship with the girls, at the time aged 12 and 14, to make them think they were in a boyfriend-girlfriend relationship.
Mr Kerr told the jury: “The prosecution case is that the defendant abused his friendship with the two girls by exploiting them for his sexual gratification.”
The court heard that Noble was arrested after messages allegedly exchanged between him and the 12-year-old were found on a computer by her mother
in October 2014.
At the time of the alleged offences in 2014, Noble was aged 21, the jury was told.
Mr Kerr said the relationship that Noble had developed with the girls was “wholly inappropriate” for their ages.
It is claimed that Noble had begun by kissing the girls and moved on to touching them intimately and encouraging the 14-year-old girl to touch him.
The jury has heard claims that the messages found by the 12-year-old’s mother also indicated that Noble was having an inappropriate relationship with a 14-year-old.
Mr Kerr said that after the 14-year-old’s mother was contacted, the police were alerted and an investigation begun.
Noble has pleaded not guilty to six offences of sexual activity with a child and one offence of causing the 14-year-old to engage in sexual activity.
Following his arrest, Noble had denied having done anything wrong and said he had not been involved in any sexual contact with either girl.
Noble claimed that when he distanced himself from the girls after they became “clingy”, they had begun to tell lies about him.
The trial continues.