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Teacher tells jury he never touched child inappropriately

Harrison gave evidence from the witness box at Carlisle Crown Court Credit: ITV Border

A teacher has told jurors he never put his hands down the top of a girl as she has alleged. However, 26-year-old David Harrison says he did browse "real life" internet child sex abuse stories on his laptop.

Harrison gave evidence from the witness box at Carlisle Crown Court today, Thursday 27 July. He is on trial having denied four charges which alleged he sexually assaulted a girl aged under 13 by putting his hands down her top and rubbing her chest.

Harrison's internet history revealed visits to four web pages "which each contained an explicit story involving sexual behaviour between an adult and a child". He told jurors he accessed the material "accidentally" and merely out of "concern".

The court heard Harrison, of Friars Garth, Abbeytown, is a man of good character. The trial continues.