You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

Alleged abuser says she only cuddled girl

AAP logoAAP 2/08/2016

A woman gave "comfort cuddles" to a teenage girl who was struggling with her sexuality as they lay in bed together but never abused her, a Perth court has heard.

Sharon Marie Feeney is on trial in the West Australian District Court accused of indecently dealing, sexually penetrating and attempting to sexually penetrate a 15-year-old girl during a sleepover in March 2014.

In her opening address on Tuesday, prosecutor Lisa Boston told the jury Feeney was an old friend of the girl's mother and was staying overnight.

Ms Boston said Feeney inappropriately touched the complainant including fondling her breasts and putting her hand in the girl's underwear but the teenager told her to "get the f**k off me".

She said Feeney told the girl the next day "You enjoyed that, didn't you?" and "You were my first young experience and I was your first old experience".

Ms Boston said the pair also exchanged flirtatious private messages on social media.

But defence counsel Curt Hofmann asked the jury to analyse the accuracy and reliability of the complainant's evidence.

He described the girl as troubled and said she was struggling with her sexual orientation and had mental health issues.

Mr Hofmann admitted his client "bunked up" with the girl but said there was nothing "creepy" about it and the girl's mother had thought of Feeney as a potential mentor for her daughter, who was gay or "heading that way".

Feeney will testify during the trial.

image beaconimage beaconimage beacon