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Man on child sex charges

PUBLISHED: 15:34 25 March 2009 | UPDATED: 10:34 23 August 2010

A 14-YEAR-OLD girl lost her virginity to a man 24 years older than her and had sex with him a dozen times or more , a court heard. Carl Shelton, 44, of Thong Lane, Gravesend, appeared at Maidstone Crown Court on Monday accused of seven related charges.

A 14-YEAR-OLD girl lost her virginity to a man 24 years older than her and had sex with him "a dozen times or more", a court heard.

Carl Shelton, 44, of Thong Lane, Gravesend, appeared at Maidstone Crown Court on Monday accused of seven related charges.

He denies charges, including indecent assault, indecency with a child, and sexual activity with a child relating to a relationship he had with a 14-year-old girl who regularly visited the home he shared with his parents in 2003.

Prosecuting, Caroline Knight said: "There was a series of sexual offences in the course of a relationship between the complainant and Mr Shelton.

"The defendant would regularly engage her in sexual activity, at home, and in his car in secluded areas."

In May 2003, the court heard that the girl first started to notice a sexual element in their relationship. In September of that year, it is alleged the victim received her first sexually explicit text message from Shelton, who was 38-years-old at the time.

Ms Knight added: "He asked her whether she wanted to have sex with him. She was shocked, but naively flattered at the attention."

Mr Shelton would pick the girl up from her home and then take her back to his house where, it is alleged, he started teaching her about sex, and the sexual activity between the two began.

The court heard that he started touching her and kissing her, it is alleged that in October of that year it was agreed between them that the girl would lose her virginity to him.

A full sexual relationship continued until July 2004, and Ms Knight said he had sexual intercourse with her "a dozen times or more," and was encouraged to perform oral sex on him.

She added: "The last occasion that she slept with Mr Shelton she realised it had to stop. She told him no. The lying to everyone had to stop.

"She found it just too much, and there it was that the sexual relationship ceased."

In December 2007, when the girl was 18-years-old, she told her parents and finally went to the police. The defendant was arrested.

After his arrest he was asked to strip, and was found to have shaven pubic hair and was wearing a thong. The court heard this had been described by the girl in the course of police interviews.

The trail, which is expected to last a week, continues.

ed.riley@archant.co.uk

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