A young man facing more than 30 sex charges targeted teenage girls, particularly those with "teenage horror" stories, an Invercargill jury was told yesterday.
The trial for Adrian Joshua Coulter, 20, began yesterday in Invercargill District Court before Judge Kevin Phillips.
Coulter faces 37 charges, including 14 of doing an indecent act on a young person, 19 of sexual connection with a young person and four of sexual violation.
The crown alleges the offending occurred between May 17, 2009, and November 9, 2010, and involved 11 girls aged under 16.
Coulter was aged 17 and 18 at the time.
He has denied all charges.
Crown solicitor Mary-Jane Thomas said in her opening statement yesterday Coulter had targeted young girls who had a teenage horror story - they thought they were fat, had no friends or hated their mother.
Young people under the age of 16 should not be having sexual intercourse, connection or behaviour, she said. "The Crown says this accused actually had a sexual interest in that age group."
The girls were interested in him and found him attractive, she said.
"The Crown says the pattern is clear, he was targeting the younger girls because that's what his sexual preference was for."
In his police video interview, Coulter admitted having sex with some of the girls, but claimed they told him they were 16, Ms Thomas said.
One of the complainants said in her police evidential interview, played for the jury yesterday, she and Coulter had sex in the family changing rooms at Splash Palace twice when she was 14.
Defence lawyer Colin Eason did not address the jury yesterday but cross-examined the complainant, who told him she and Coulter had exchanged text messages for about a year and a half before the two Splash Palace incidents.
The trial is expected to take five days.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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