A WAVERLEY man contesting a rape charge kept quiet when police initially arrested his friend for the sexual assault.
Stewart George Pyers, 41, is accused of raping a 14-year-old girl at Waverley in November 2002.
On Tuesday the woman gave evidence that she started a sexual relationship with Mr Pyers six months after the incident not realising he was the culprit, which he denies.
Mr Pyers has pleaded not guilty claiming the teenager consented to the sex which occurred about 3 in the morning.
The Launceston Supreme Court heard yesterday that Mr Pyers may face an alternative charge of having sex with a young person if the jury finds it was consensual.
During a police interview in 2012 Mr Pyers told detectives the teenager had propositioned him after they began talking in the street.
``Basically she wanted to shag me so soon, I thought maybe there was something wrong with this,'' he told Launceston detectives Jason Bolton and Amanda Munroe.
But after the teenager said she was 18 he agreed to have sex in the bushes which she appeared to enjoy, he said.
However, within the next day or two she threatened to tell police, who she'd already reported the rape to, that Mr Pyers was the attacker if he didn't look after her, he said.
``I think she was trying to create herself a life, and going the wrong way about it,'' Mr Pyers said when asked why she would lie.
He went along with the blackmail for several months before telling her to ``wrack off,'' he said
Despite learning that a friend had been arrested for the rape Mr Pyers did not come clean with police fearing he would be ``victimised'' for sleeping with a minor.
The friend was cleared on DNA comparison.
Prosecutor John Ransom said it was an ``interview of lies 10 years in the making.''
``He's had 10 years to think about it,'' he said during his closing statement.
Mr Ransom said it was suspicious that Mr Pyers had ``absolute' memories of the sex being consensual and the girl saying she was 18 when he couldn't remember other details.
``He's trying, if you like, to block those two holes in the dam,'' he said.
Mr Ransom said the most powerful evidence was a triple-0 call made by the girl just after the incident where she reports a rape.
In his closing address defence counsel Adrian Hall said the ``cleverly crafted lie'' was from the teenager.
Mr Hall said the triple-0 phone call was a call ``which changed a lot of people's lives.''
``If you reject the evidence you come back to the presumption of innocence,'' he told the jury.
``Don't go back to the phone call, if you did you wouldn't be doing your job,'' he said.
Mr Hall will continue his closing statement today.