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Barnoldswick man accused of rape was senior police worker
5:00pm Tuesday 24th September 2013 in News
A MAN accused of raping two schoolchildren is a senior police analyst, a court heard yesterday.
Mark Dallison, 45, had worked at Burnley police station before he was promoted to Preston.
Giving evidence at his trial at Burnley Crown Court, he said the allegations against him were not true and nothing sexual happened.
The defendant, of Melville Avenue, Barnoldswick, denies two allegations of sexual activity with a child and three charges of rape, against a girl, and one count of sexual activity with a child and three charges of rape, against a boy.
He is alleged by the Crown to have held the boy down as he was crying.
Prosecutor Nicholas Courtney had claimed to the jury that the defendant fondled both children before he had sexual intercourse with them. Neither alleged victim told anyone what was happening at the time.
The jury had been told how when Dallison was questioned by police over the allegations, he told them he was bi-sexual, but had never had a gay relationship. He had been arrested in 2008 and re-arrested in 2011.
In the witness box, Dallison said at the time of the allegations, he was an analyst working for Lancashire Police.
His work involved analysing crime statistics and assessing community cohesion in the Pennine Division.
Asked by his barrister Barry Grennan, if he had ever touched the girl's bottom as she alleged, he said it didn't happen.
Mr Grennan said the alleged victim had spoken of a second time, when it went 'a bit further.'
The barrister asked: "Did it happen?" Dallison answered: "No."
Mr Grennan said: "She has alleged you had sexual intercourse with her on three occasions. Did these happen?" The defendant said: "No, definitely not."
The barrister then asked: "In relation to any of the allegations that she made, did they happen?" Dallison answered: "No. Nothing like that happened at all."
Mr Grennan then asked the defendant about the allegations made by the boy. Dallison said he had definitely not touched him.
The barrister continued: 'In relation to the allegations that you raped him. Is that true?" Dallison replied: "That's not true." Mr Grennan went on: "Would it be true? Could it be true in any way, shape of form." The defendant said: "No."
Dallison admitted he had lied to the police about being unfaithful to his wife when interviewed, as he had not wanted her to know.
The defendant said he was bi-sexual, although he would have preferred it not to be known. He said he had told his wife very early on in the relationship he was bi-sexual and she was able to accept it.
Dallison told the court that on occasions, he had been on his laptop at night and had used chat rooms to talk to other men in the same situation, meaning that they were 'bi and married.'
He saw men, but had not had relationships with other women.
Mr Grennan asked: "Did you have sexual encounters with any men? Dallison replied: "Yes." The barrister asked: "Was it serious ?" The defendant continued: "No, there was no emotion to it. I couldn't fall in love with another man. I love my wife."
Mr Grennan asked: "You were unfaithful to your wife with men and lied to the police about it?" Dallison replied: "Yes."
The trial continues.