Rape trial of Florida extradition man David James

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A man accused of raping two underage girls has gone on trial after being extradited from Florida.

David James, 61, of Skyline Drive, Orlando, is accused of a total of 11 sexual offences dating back to the 1980s and 90s.

Mr James, who used to live in Honiton, Devon and Wolverhampton in the West Midlands, has denied all the charges.

Exeter Crown Court was told Mr James bought his victims' silence with "cash and sweets".

Prosecutor Nicolas Gerasimidis said the defendant would "hang threats over the heads" of the girls he referred to as "his little princesses" - some of whom were as young as seven years old.

'Face the music'

He also told them the sex attacks would be "our little secret", the prosecutor said.

The charges include two counts of rape, six of indecent assault and three counts of gross indecency against girls aged under 14 and 16, in east Devon and the West Midlands

The court heard Mr James moved to the US following the break-down of his marriage and was only extradited to England after allegations were made against him in 2007.

Mr Gerasimidis told the jury, suspects were extradited "to face the music" and in the case of Mr James it had been a "long process before bringing this man to justice for what, say the prosecution, he's done".

Giving evidence from behind a screen, one of Mr James's alleged victims, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said her attacker would touch her with fingers that "felt like sandpaper" and became "forceful and threatening".

The jury was told when the victim tried to tell her mother about the abuse, but was unable to articulate exactly what had happened, her mother told her "to behave".

The trial continues.

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