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Porn boss who runs adult websites from his garden shed 'sexually abused girls in 1990s', court hears

A porn company boss who films sex videos in his garden shed is on trial accused of sexually abusing girls as young as seven in the 1990s. 

Prosecutors told Reading Crown Court Vincent Rank abused children as young as seven including teaching them how to kiss and 'talking dirty' to them.

The 61-year-old company director who made his money filming adult female models taking part in sexual encounters, claims the allegations are a conspiracy to steal his media company.

Today, he denied five counts of indecent assault on a child, two attempted rapes and sexual activity with a child in the 1990s.

Porn boss Vincent Rank, 61, (pictured) is accused of string of historic child sexual offences in the 90s against girls as young as seven which he denies and is on trial at Reading Crown Court

Rank had run sites from the privacy of his garden shed where he used to invite models and record them performing sex scenes before selling them to porn enthusiasts, the jury at Reading Crown Court heard.

Some of the websites controlled by Rank, jurors heard, included the suggestively named Nylon Jane and Blue Pixels, although further details of the kind of videos they featured had not yet been revealed in court.

Prosecutor Charles Ward-Jackson said: 'It would appear that the defendant had a somewhat unusual lifestyle.

'He worked in the pornography industry and had a shed at the bottom of the garden where he shot porn films. He was himself a cross-dresser.'

Judge Heather Norton heard how Rank would allegedly show the victims how to kiss, 'snogging' them with his tongue and would 'talk dirty' to them, while encouraging them to dress in sexy clothes.

In one incident, the court heard that Rank took a child to a transvestite nightclub in London where he entered her into a 'best cleavage' competition.

The girls he was alleged to have molested, were aged seven years when the abuse began and it continued until their teens, when one of the victims wrote Rank a letter asking him to stop - and he did, the jury was told. 

The court heard that allegations first came to light in 2009 after a victim told members of her family about the abuse.

The police started an investigation but the court was told the complainants were not yet ready to support a police investigation because they were traumatised, so it came to an end, the prosecutor said.

Reading Crown Court (pictured) heard that Rank abused girls as young as seven in the 1990s

However in 2017, one of the complainants told her husband who then confronted Rank at his home.

The court heard that in this confrontation, Rank said: 'I am whatever you say I am.'

When Rank was accused of being a paedophile, he said: 'I guess that I am,' the prosecutor told the jury.

Taking that as a confession, the husband reported the abuse to police. However, when detectives interviewed him, Rank claimed the allegations 'were motivated by spite'.

In his opening speech, prosecutor Mr Ward-Jackson told the jury that Rank, of Slough, Berks., may claim that the allegations were 'part of a conspiracy to get his business' as he categorically denied all charges against him.

Mr Ward-Jackson added: 'If that remains his case today, that the allegations are made as part of a conspiracy to take over his business, the jury will want to consider why the allegations have been repeated for over 10 years, since a time when both complainants were still young.'

The hearing continues.

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