THE trial of a Longreach man charged with supplying drugs to minors and assaulting one of them in remote bushland began in the Rockhampton District Court yesterday.
Trevor Warren Gesler is on trial on two counts of supplying dangerous drugs to a minor and three counts of sexual assault after allegedly providing two teenage girls with cannabis and assaulting one of them while taking the teenagers out pigging.
Crown prosecutor Dean Jones led the opening statement yesterday where he told the 12 jurors of the alleged events that occurred in Longreach in 2013.
"Both teenagers, aged 16 and 15, were drinking Passion Pop at a party one afternoon where the 15-year-old and Mr Gesler were texting each other," Mr Jones said.
"Mr Gesler and the 15-year-old came up with an agreement to go pigging and had agreed to meet up at a roundabout in Longreach. Mr Gesler drove the girls to a remote area near the river and when the girls got out of the car he rolled them both a cigarette containing cannabis."
Mr Jones told the court that both girls "weren't strangers to drug use and had smoked cannabis before".
It's alleged the 16-year-old passed out after smoking the cannabis and remembered waking up in Gesler's car with Gesler's hand down her shirt.
"He had his hand inside her shirt touching her breast," Mr Jones said.
"She also felt his hand in her underwear and started to feel him rub her. She saw the other teenage girl outside of the car who will give evidence about how she saw Mr Gesler's hands down towards (her friend's) pants and will also give evidence about how Mr Gesler asked her if her friend would give him a r**t.
"The 16-year-old tried to push Mr Gesler away but passed out again, because if you recall she had smoked some cannabis and had been drinking. She then remembers waking up in the back seat and vomiting in the rear console of the car."
Mr Jones then told the court Gesler, who was 49 at the time, allegedly committed the final act of sexual assault when he was helping the 16-year-old look for her phone.
"They were looking for the 16-year-old's phone outside of the car," Mr Jones said.
"When searching for this phone Mr Gesler came up to the 16-year-old and whispered in her ear words to the effect of, 'I'm going to find your phone but you owe me a r**t or something for this,' while at the same time squeezing her buttocks."
The two teenagers gave evidence yesterday.
The girls' mothers and police officers are also set to give evidence throughout the trial, which continues today.
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