A VICTIM of alleged child sexual abuse broke down in court as she told a jury she “didn’t know why” she hadn’t come forward sooner.

Danny-Jay Storey, 37, is alleged to have repeatedly abused two girls, allegations he denies.

The charges arose out of a police investigation into Storey’s phone, which was seized after he was arrested over a separate allegation he had tried to film a naked woman at a tanning salon.

Several indecent images of children were found on the device, alongside two videos of changing rooms.

Chelmsford Crown Court heard the discovery of the images led to an investigation into fresh allegations two girls were abused.

Giving evidence during a trial, one of the alleged victims was brought to tears as prosecutor Emma Nash asked her why she didn’t tell anyone about the abuse at the time.

She said: “I actually don’t know why.

“When it happened, the next day nothing was said.

“He never came up to me and said you can’t tell anybody, nothing like that ever happened – I just thought he’s being normal, I must be normal.

“I don’t know why I didn’t say anything, if it happened to me today, I would 100 per cent say something but I don’t know.”

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Breaking down, she added: “I don’t know why I didn’t say anything. Because if I did say something, then nothing else would have happened.”

Ms Nash asked her why she didn’t report the alleged abuse as an adult until the day she came forward to the police in April 2019.

The witness said: “I think I just, not forgot about it because you never forget about it, but it stopped. I was older, I had my own life. I didn’t think for one second it would be happening to someone else otherwise I would have said something.”

When asked by Ms Nash whether there was any possibility another man had abused her rather than Storey, the witness said: “It was definitely, 100 billion per cent Dan and he knows it, I know it, it was no-one else.”

The jury were read a transcript of Storey’s interview with the police, in which he strongly denied any of the incidents had taken place.

Storey, of Spenser Way, Jaywick, denies four counts of rape of a child, three of assaulting a child by penetration, one of possessing indecent images of children, two of attempted voyeurism and one count of voyeurism.

  • The trial continues.