Brian Martin, 68, is on trial at Leeds Crown Court for alleged abuse against a boy aged between 14 and 15. The Court heard of the extreme lengths that Martin went to in order to abuse the boy, who was a pupil of Queen Ethelburga’s School.

Martin was the Chairman of the Governors of Queen Ethelburga’s school in York at the time of the abuse. Martin owned the land in Thorpe Underwood on which the school was based. The Court was told how Martin lied and enticed the victim to strip naked by telling him he had the opportunity to meet a celebrity and that he needed to check him for needle marks.

The victim told the Court that Martin said that he could not take anyone who did drugs to meet the celebrity, and needed to check him fully. He later then made the victim strip naked under the pretence that the celebrity wanted a naked picture of him before he would meet him.

The victim describes that on another occasion Martin went on to sexually assault him as he came out of the shower, while he attended an event at his home. Martin then took the victim out in his “flashy car” and sexually abused him. The victim told the Court that Martin’s advances became “increasingly sexual and extreme in nature.”

During an interview, the alleged victim said: “Sometimes he would try to kiss me, sometimes try to massage me, have me massage him.” 75 per cent of the abuse happened before the victim was 16 years old. The victim was 19 years old the last time he was abused by Martin.

Martin is accused of the following “10 counts of indecent assault, one count of making indecent images, three of attempted serious sexual assault, one of a serious sexual assault, three of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, three of sexual activity with a child, and three of sexual assault.” Martin denies all allegations against him. The trial is still continuing.


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