Guy Harris allegedly pleasured himself in front of boys in his flat, the Old Bailey heard. File picture: PA
An alleged sex attacker was caught using his telescope to spy on a group of children swimming in a reservoir, a court heard.
Guy Harris, 59, allegedly invited the boys round to his Tottenham home where he pleasured himself in front of them.
On another occasion, he invited the eldest of the boys, 14 at the time, to stay at his flat, where he groped the boy in a sleeping bag, Snaresbrook Crown Court heard.
The offences date from 1993 when Harris was about 40. One day that year, a group of boys were swimming in a reservoir in Barrow Hill, St John’s Wood, when they spotted a security van and ran into some thick grass to avoid being spotted.
Harris was there and told them to hide with him, on the pretext of bird-watching and sunbathing. The boys, aged between eight and 14, saw he had a telescope with a clear view of where they had been swimming, but did not question what he was doing when he offered them sweets.
He arranged to meet them again and it soon became a regular occurrence, Harris taking them on trips and buying them gifts before inviting them to his Tottenham home.
He even visited one boy’s home, met the parents and helped decorate their living room.
A few months later Harris pleasured himself in front of the boys as they watched a film at his flat, jurors heard, and in December 1993 he sexually assaulted the oldest lad during a sleepover.
Harris, now of Black Moss Farm, Scarisbrick, Lancashire, was arrested on November 8, 2011, after a friend talked the boy into going to the police.
He denies one count of indecent assault and one of indecency with a child. The trial continues
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