‘Carer abused boy he was looking after’

CASE Daniel Lee outside Portsmouth Crown Court

CASE Daniel Lee outside Portsmouth Crown Court

David Sanderson

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A CARER sexually abused and bullied a young disabled boy he was supposed to be looking after, a court heard.

Daniel Lee is alleged to have molested the youngster and warned him he would be taken away from his parents if he told anyone.

The 38-year-old is also accused of pinching the child, jabbing him with a fork and deliberately interfering with his medical treatment to cause him pain.

Lee denies the charges.

A jury at Portsmouth Crown Court watched a DVD of the boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, being interviewed by the police.

He said: ‘Dan said to me if I told I would go in a care home and never see my mum and dad again which is really frightening because basically he is threatening.

‘He used to pull my hair and tell me not to say anything and pinch me.’

The child said Lee told him he would lose the care he relies on if he told his parents what was going on.

The sexual abuse is alleged to have started when Lee was applying cream to the boy’s legs for a skin condition.

The boy said: ‘I said to him “what are you doing?”.

‘I told him about eight times to stop it.’

The boy said that Lee also tried to make him touch him.

Lee was arrested after the child told his mum about what had allegedly been happening between November 2009 and January last year.

Asked how he felt after that, he said: ‘A lot better because I got it off my chest.

‘Now I feel that the only people I can trust are my mum and dad.

‘It’s because of what Dan has done to me that I feel like I can only trust certain people. It’s just really upsetting.’

The boy’s mum told the jury: ‘He said that Dan pulled his hair, he punched and threatened him not to tell me or his dad.

‘Dan said that I didn’t look after him properly. He was very distressed.’

She said her son had told her Lee had sexually abused him.

Lee, of Woodgreen Avenue, Havant, has pleaded not guilty to two counts of sexual activity with a child and four of child cruelty.

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