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Treboeth man 'fantasised' about sexually assaulting young girls, Swansea Crown Court hears

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: December 14, 2012

A PENSIONER has denied he "fantasised" about children before he indecently assaulted a young girl.

David Dowling, of Waun Gron Road, Treboeth, is on trial at Swansea Crown Court facing a charge of indecent assault which dates back to between 1997 and 2000.

At the close of the prosecution case, barrister Stephen Rees told the jury that Dowling had a previous conviction for possessing 10 indecent images of children, a charge he admitted.

The images were all of young girls aged between four and 10 years old.

They were all found on his computer by police after his arrest in October 2011 for this alleged offence.

Dowling, 68, said he had come across the images accidentally and clicked on them while surfing the internet because he was "inquisitive". He said he was "shocked" when he was told they had been found on his computer.

During day three of his trial this week he was accused of "over-stepping the mark" and assaulting his victim after "fantasising" about the indecent images he had seen online.

Dowling is accused of lying on top of the girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, and touching her, before putting his hands inside her clothes.

The alleged victim, now in her 20s, has told the jury Dowling "bribed" her after the attack so she would not tell anyone about the assault.

His barrister, Huw Rees, asked Dowling if he had bribed the girl, and he denies he had.

When Mr Huw Rees asked if he had ever lain on top of her, Dowling replied: "I have no recollection of that, and I wouldn't do that."

He was then asked if he had touched her.

"No," replied Dowling.

"She alleges you put your hand under trousers, did you do that?" asked Mr Huw Rees.

"Never. I am shocked she mentioned that," replied Dowling.

Mr Stephen Rees then asked Dowling if he had "fantasised" about touching young girls.

"She was about the same age as the girls found in images on your computer. Did you fantasise about touching girls of that age?" he asked.

"Never," replied Dowling.

"I am going to suggest that you have, and have always had, an unhealthy interest in girls of that age," said Mr Stephen Rees.

"No, I disagree totally with that," Dowling replied.

"You over-stepped the mark?" Mr Stephen Rees asked.

"No," Dowling replied.

The trial continues.

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