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Cameron Tully molested girl in northside home, Supreme Court trial hears

Canberra Times logo Canberra Times 26/05/2014 Megan Gorrey
Cameron Tully. © Jay Cronan Cameron Tully.

A woman who said Cameron Flynn Tully grabbed her breasts and kissed them in the bathroom of her parents' home as a child was told to "Sshh" so other adults didn't hear them, a court has heard.

The woman's family attended church meetings at the Tully family's religious Hillview farm in Cook in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

The property was the site of home-schooling seminars, home-birthing classes and religious meetings for parents, while the Tully children often entertained youngsters in the farm's "children's room''.

Mr Tully was among church members who would sometimes attend religious and social gatherings at the northside home, which belonged to the victim's parents, the ACT Supreme Court heard on Monday.

During one of those gatherings, Mr Tully allegedly walked towards the bathroom and gestured for the victim, then aged 11, to follow him.

Once the girl had followed him into the bathroom, Mr Tully locked the bathroom door and lifted up her shirt, the court heard.

The woman said he then grabbed her breasts with his hands and kissed them.

She said Mr Tully, who was about 26 at the time, touched her for a few minutes before she told him she felt uncomfortable and asked him to stop. 

"I think he sort of thought I was kidding and he laughed a bit like he didn't think I was serious."

The woman said the accused stopped when they heard voices in the hallway.

"He said 'Sshh' and and he said he'd go out first and then I should go out so people didn't see us leaving together.''

The victim's father told the court parents didn't see a lot of what happened in the farm's children's room because it was "frowned upon'' to check on their children while the church group was meeting.

''You were told 'No', the Tully kids were very capable and if there was a problem they would bring the kids out to you,'' he said.

''It was just understood that that's the way it was.''

Mr Tully is accused of molesting eight girls as young as four, mostly at Hillview, between 1991 and 2002.

He has been charged with 23 child sex abuse offences ranging from acts of indecency, oral sex, digital penetration and sexual intercourse.

The accused shook his head and made notes several times during Monday's proceedings. 

His defence barrister said some of the victim's evidence was ''vague'' and suggested Mr Tully had never visited the family's home and the alleged incident did not take place.

Mr Tully was at the house and the incident ''certainly did happen'', the victim said.

The trial continues before Justice John Burns. 

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