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Shetland child sex crime accused 'almost cried'

Aberdeen High Court [Pic: Crown Copyright]
Image caption Christopher Readings has gone on trial at the High Court in Aberdeen

A man accused of sexual offences against two children in Shetland "almost started crying" when police were called in, a trial has heard.

Christopher Readings, 44, of Clifton Hampden, Oxfordshire, denies the charges at the High Court in Aberdeen.

The court heard one alleged victim, a girl, who cannot be named, told her mother of the allegations and police were alerted.

The girl said Mr Readings apologised when she saw him afterwards.

He is accused of sexually assaulting the girl and a boy on various occasions between 2008 and 2010, including raping the girl.

The schoolgirl told the court that Mr Readings sometimes hugged her when the alleged incidents were over.

Advocate depute Paul Kearney asked: "Did you ever say 'no' to him?"

'Carried on'

She replied: "I was kind of scared to.

"I tried saying no but he kind of just carried on anyway."

The girl said Mr Readings sometimes contacted her on a web cam through the internet.

Asked if she replied after she said Mr Readings apologised, the girl said: "I said 'sorry isn't good enough'."

The trial continues.

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