Accused rapist's chats with teen ‘odd’: witness

THE 15-year-old girl who accused a superior at work of forcing her to perform a sex act with him had on occasion spoken inappropriately about her relationships, it was claimed in Toowoomba District Court yesterday.

The owner of the fast food outlet where both worked told the court she had worked some shifts with the teenager and that she sometimes found her topics of conversation "odd".

She said the girl, who only worked at the store for a relatively short time, had spoken openly about her relationship and subsequent break-up with a boyfriend she had had at the time.

The woman said she found some of those conversations "inappropriate".

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The then 15-year-old accused work colleague Jye David Berghofer, then 21, of repeatedly asking her for oral sex on the night of November 3, 2013, during the girl's shift from 5.15 to 8.30pm.

She later told friends and police that she had felt pressured into performing oral sex on her "boss" which allegedly took place in a disabled toilet block of the shopping complex that evening.

Berghofer has pleaded not guilty to a charge of rape and not guilty to an alternative charge of indecent treatment of a child under 16.

During her evidence at a pre-recorded court appearance, the girl admitted to defence barrister Frank Martin that she had sent Berghofer a Snapchat picture of her breasts about a month prior to the alleged toilet incident but said she had done so only after he had sent her an image of his penis.

Mr Martin suggested that was a lie and that his client had never sent such a photograph, but she maintained he had.

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Much of yesterday's court proceedings were taken up with the playing of the store's CCTV camera footage of that night taken during the girl's shift.

The jury was asked to take note of the complainant girl's demeanour depicted on the footage of that night.

The trial before Judge Hugh Botting continues.

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