'He wanted them to have sex with me'
A YOUNG man who claims Gary Redman sexually abused him for years has told a court he was asked if he would have sex with other men for money.
The alleged victim, now aged 25, was giving evidence on the first day of Gary Redman's trial on Monday at Truro Crown Court.
The allegations came to light when he contacted police last year and gave a video interview.
The achieving better evidence (ABE) interview was played to the jury on Monday and the court heard him detail numerous occasions where the defendant allegedly performed a sex act on him and rubbed himself against the boy's backside.
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Redman, 56, of Cranstar Apartments, Hilgrove Road, who denies the charges, faces 15 counts of indecently assaulting two young boys in Newquay between 1995 and 2004.
The witness, who cannot be named for legal reasons, described visiting the flat Redman lived in at the time: "He would put porn on and stuff and try to get me in a better mood," he said.
He added that Redman had friends who did similar things with other young boys.
He said: "He wanted them to have sex with me. He used to push me all the time and mention it and I always said no to that.
"He used to go upcountry to Wokingham where he was from. He used to stay with a friend up there. When he was up there he had other people too. He had friends that had boys."
The alleged victim went on to tell police about a folder of indecent pictures of boys that Redman had in his house.
Mark Barlow, for the defence, questioned the witness on discrepancies in the dates he told police.
The witness told police and the jury that he had been aged 7 when the abuse started at Redman's workshop.
He said the incident occurred when the defendant owned a red van.
Mr Barlow put it to the witness that this was not possible because Redman did not own or have access to a red van until 1998 – when the witness would have been 10.
And Mr Barlow said Redman had not gained access to his business premises, described by the alleged victim in his interview, until April 2000 – when he would have been 12. Mr Barlow said: "He could never have abused you in the way that you are describing in your ABE interview, from the age of 7, could he?"
The witness responded: "I guess not."
Mr Barlow asked the man why he had said no to certain aspects of the alleged abuse and not others.
He put it to the witness that "certain parts, for example the oral sex and rubbing against you, you did not consider to be wrong.
"But in relation to letting him **** you or letting other people do it for money, you knew that was wrong. Is that what you are saying?"
The alleged victim agreed. He said: "I knew it was wrong but not to the point that I know now."
The trial continues.