A jury has retired to consider its verdict following the trial a man accused of raping and indecently assaulting a schoolboy in the 1990s..
Alan Mayor, 41, has continued to deny the allegations throughout a three day trial at Preston Crown Court.
The court heard the boy, who is now in his 20s, ‘bottled up’ the abuse, only coming forward after seeking help for depression last year.
However Mayor, who has previous convictions for sexually abusing children, denied the offences ever took place.
He claimed the man was in financial difficulty and had only come forward after hearing one of Mayor’s former victims had been awarded compensation.
However the man said he had not heard about the money and had kept the abuse secret through fear.
He said the abuse took place at houses in Lancaster.
Judge Heather Lloyd told the jury it was entitled to take Mayor’s previous convictions into consideration but said it was important not to jump to conclusions.
Mayor, who now lives in Palm Street, Blackburn, must now await the verdict.