A FORMER Emmerdale actor has gone on trial accused of indecently assaulting a boy more then 25 years ago.
Cy Chadwick, 45, is alleged to have carried out the offence on the youngster in his bedroom at a pub in Leeds, where he lived with his parents in the late 1980s.
Chadwick, who played the character Nick Bates in the ITV farming soap for more than ten years, pleads not guilty to one offence of indecent assault on a male.
The prosecution claims the incident took place between 1985 and 1987 when Chadwick was aged 17 or 18 and the boy was aged eight or nine. Geraldine Kelly, prosecuting, said Chadwick’s mother and step-father owned the Fox and Grapes pub in Pudsey, where the incident is alleged to have taken place.
Mrs Kelly said the boy’s mother knew Chadwick’s parents and the incident took place when the youngster was staying at the premises.
It is alleged Chadwick abused the boy on one occasion while he was sleeping on a camp bed beside him in his bedroom. The prosecutor told the jury the assault happened for between 30 and 60 seconds before Chadwick stopped.
Mrs Kelly said Chadwick told the boy not to say anything about what happened. She said the boy was left feeling confused and Chadwick left the room.
She said: “He doesn’t recall ever seeing Cy Chadwick again after that incident.”
The court heard the alleged victim made a complaint to the police in May last year after telling his girlfriend about what had happened.
Chadwick was arrested and interviewed about the incident but told police he had not committed any offence. He said he remembered the youngster staying at his home and spending time with him but denied any wrongdoing.