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Redcar vicar denies trying to rape girl

A vicar tried to rape a schoolgirl telling her she could not get pregnant because he had "had the snip", a court heard.

Teesside Crown Court heard the Reverend Malcolm Jackson tried to rape the 13-year-old in his church hall office.

The 52-year-old father-of-three of Mersey Road, Redcar, has since been suspended as vicar of Kirkleatham.

He denies rape, attempted rape, sexual activity with a child and inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

Christine Egerton, prosecuting, said that at first the vicar would hug the girl "inappropriately" and try to kiss her, before going on to sexually abuse her.

On one occasion it was alleged that he attempted to rape her in his church hall office.

'Weak time'

Ms Egerton said: "She told him she could get pregnant. His response was he had, in his words, 'had the snip'.

"She still struggled, eventually he stopped."

The court was told the girl came forward 18 months after the alleged incidents, which took place over a nine-month period.

"She thought nobody would believe her because he was a vicar," Ms Egerton said.

In a police video interview, which was played in court, the girl told police Mr Jackson had said he blamed her for the attack.

She told police he said: "You got me at a weak time, you have really hurt me.

"It's your fault."

The trial continues.

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