A WOMAN in her 30s gave a tearful account in the Launceston Supreme Court today of how her then stepfather committed sexual offences against her when she was a girl.
The accused, a Northern Tasmanian man, pleaded not guilty yesterday to having maintained a sexual relationship with a young person under the age of 17 and assault.
The Crown has argued that the offences occurred across several years in the Launceston area, with incidents during the complainant's school years.
The defence has argued that no such incidents ever occurred.
Under cross-examination today, the woman gave evidence that she had been ashamed, distressed and disgusted by what had happened and only realised that what the accused did was wrong when she learnt about sex education in school.
She said she had not felt comfortable discussing the details of what had happened to her until she became older.
The trial, before Justice Shan Tennent, continues.