Perth lollipop man denies child sexual abuse in videos

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A PERTH lollipop man accused of filming himself sexually abusing children he knew, including a baby, admits recording them but denies the conduct was obscene.

Michael Cyril Hyde, 60, is on trial in the West Australian District Court charged with three counts of persistently engaging in sexual conduct with two children between October 2011 and April 2013, and a third child between April 2013 and April 2016.

The primary school traffic warden is also charged with five counts of producing child exploitation material involving those three children and two others.

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Prosecutor David Jubb said on Tuesday the five children came from two families and ranged in age from one to 12.

Mr Jubb said Hyde was babysitting some of the children when he abused them and made obscene comments.

The children will not testify during the trial so the case hinges on the videos, which Mr Jubb said would speak for themselves.

He warned the jury they would need to watch a “significant number” of videos for the state to prove its case and it would take several hours.

Hyde admitted the identity of the children in the videos and that he made the recordings.

But his lawyer Max Crispe said Hyde denied the conduct was sexual.

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“Please keep an open mind,” Mr Crispe told the jury.

Judge Felicity Davis also warned the jury they would “experience some emotions” during the trial.

“You’re only human,” she said.

But she added that when they came to judge the case, they must put aside those emotions.

The trial continues.