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A BOYS’ Brigade leader accused of abusing children has denied ever doing anything inappropriate with them.

But married father-of-three Terence Cawte admitted letting one of the boys stay at his house for the night.

Cawte is accused of abusing two youngsters at his home in Waterlooville and at his former bookshop, The Portsmouth Christian Book Centre, in New Road, North End.

Beginning his defence during his trial at Portsmouth Crown Court the 74-year-old said he could not even remember one of the boys.

And he said that while the second child had stayed over at his house he had never assaulted him.

Asked by Sarah Jones, defending, if he had ever touched the boys in a sexual way Cawte said: ‘No’.

Cawte is alleged to have met the boys through his volunteer work as a captain for the Havant and Leigh Park Boys’ Brigade, between the 1970s and 1990s.

One man, now in his 40s, says he was aged 13 to 15 when Cawte abused him in the 1970s at Cawte’s former home in Forest Close, Waterlooville.

But asked if he remembered him Cawte said: ‘No I do not, no recollection whatsoever.’ Cawte said the boy stayed round twice. Asked if anything inappropriate happened he said ‘no’.

Cawte, of Maytree Gardens, Waterlooville, denies five multiple incident counts of indecent assault on a male, one of indecency with a child and two other sexual offences.