Newcastle boxer Scott Edwards faces trial on sexual assault offences

DENIAL: Newcastle boxer Scott Edwards is facing a child sex trial.
DENIAL: Newcastle boxer Scott Edwards is facing a child sex trial.

A NEWCASTLE boxer accused of repeatedly having sex with a teenage girl has faced the first day of a trial in Newcastle District Court. 

Scott Edwards, 31, was arraigned before a jury on Tuesday and pleaded not guilty to six counts of aggravated sexual intercourse with a person between the age of 10 and 14 and one count of indecent assault person under 16 years of age.

During his opening address, Crown prosecutor Rob Munro said Mr Edwards was accused of having sexual intercourse with the girl on two occasions in late 2012.  

Mr Munro said the prosecution would need to prove that the sexual intercourse took place, that the girl was underage and that she was under the authority of Mr Edwards at the time. 

During his opening address, Mr Edwards’s barrister, Robert Cavanagh, told the jury it was a case involving “essentially one on one”. 

“The sexual activity complained of is clearly denied by Mr Edwards,” Mr Cavanagh said.

The trial, before Judge Tanya Bright, continues.