A Canberra man accused of sexually abusing a woman with whom he now has four children had initially believed she was 17, the ACT Supreme Court has heard.
The man, a former political refugee from Central America, is accused of having sex with the woman when she was 14.
They lived in the same block of flats in Canberra in the late 1990s.
He is now 58, while the woman is 32.
The man is facing seven historic child sex abuse charges, including acts of indecency and rape.
During evidence given in court, the woman said she met him in the late 1990s and was introduced to him by her then boyfriend.
She said after that, the then 40-year-old would follow her and say he wanted a relationship with her.
“I didn’t understand at that point what he meant,” she said.
“He would comment on how good I looked and say he wanted to look after me.”
Later when the pair had formed a relationship she introduced the man to her father as her boyfriend.
She said her father became very upset, and asked if she knew how old he was.
The woman said she told her father she thought he was in his 20s.
She also told the court about introducing a friend to the man, who later described him as creepy.
Defence argues accused believed woman was 17
The woman said she had sex with the man a couple of times, before he asked her age and she replied 14.
The man’s barrister, Katrina Musgrove, told the court he believed she was 17, because that is what he had been told when they first met.
Prosecutors told the court the woman fell pregnant twice while she was underage.
They said she miscarried the first child, while the second was born after her 16th birthday.
The two later had three more children.
The trial is expected to run for four days.