“I FELT confused, really confused,” said the alleged victim of a brownie leader accused of sexually abusing a teen girl in the early 2000s.

Fiona Bowden, 50, has been accused of initiating an inappropriate relationship with a 15-year-old girl in the early 2000s while living in Didcot.

She allegedly developed ‘sexual feelings and attraction’ towards the teen when she was in her late 20s.

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The former girl guides and brownie leader now stands trial at Oxford Crown Court charged with six counts of indecency with a child, four counts of sexual activity with a child, and two counts of incident a child to engage in sexual activity.

It is alleged the reported incidents continued for about two years until the defendant and her family moved to Lampeter in Wales where they live today.

Bowden has denied all offences, allegedly telling police when she first interviewed that no sexual touching had ever taken place but admitted the pair had kissed once consensually.

On Thursday (April 18), the complainant, who cannot be named for legal reasons, continued giving her evidence.

When asked by prosecutor John Benson how she felt when Bowden had first allegedly touched her, she said: “I felt confused, really confused.

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“I just remember not knowing exactly how it was supposed to respond. At the time, I had a lot of respect for her, I wanted to make her happy and I didn’t know what it was she wanted me to do, how she wanted me to react.”

During cross-examination, the jury heard that the first time Bowden had reportedly touching the girl was with her foot under a blanket while other people were in the room.

It was suggested to the complainant that Bowden would not do that as it would have been ‘incredibly risky’ for her not knowing how the girl would react.

The complainant suggests the defendant may have had an idea as, though there was no sexual touching, there were suggestions.

She said: “There was no sexual touching prior to that or discussions around that but she was a very tactile person, we would hug and hold hands and things.”

Later during re-examination, she added that Bowden ‘liked to put us in situation where we could get caught’.

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She said: “Often when people were around…she would try do things like at the swimming pool. She seemed to enjoy that.”

When asked by prosecutor Mr Benson if she was ‘making this up for the jury’, the alleged victim responded: “No, it’s the truth. I’ve no reason to make this up.”

The trial continues.