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Tuesday, 26 June, 2001, 16:40 GMT 17:40 UK
Solicitor faces indecency charges
Ivan Geffen
Ivan Geffen appeared at Leicester Crown Court
A solicitor who was involved in the defence case of the Birmingham Six has gone on trial accused of indecently assaulting young girls.

Ivan Geffen, of Walsall, denies 10 counts of indecent assault and one charge of gross indecency against girls aged six to 10.

The offences are alleged to have occurred over a 21-year period between 1977 and 1998.

Mr Geffen, now 81, pleaded not guilty to the charges at Nottingham Crown Court in January.

Day trips

At the opening of his trial at Leicester Crown Court, the jury was told that Mr Geffen would trawl through piles of documents to find clients whose children he could target.

He would allegedly look out for single parents - preferring them to be "disadvantaged" - and then offer to take their children on day trips.

Prosecutor Paul Mann said Mr Geffen would dispel parents' doubts by claiming his own children had grown up and he and his wife enjoyed helping broken families.

The jury heard he would also stress that the girls he invited along should wear a skirt and bring spare underwear in their day trips.

Client daughter

The first offence is said to have happend in 1977 after he offering to chaperone the daughter of one of his clients and the girl's cousin.

Mr Geffen allegedly struck for the last time in 1998 and was arrested after one of the girls complained to her mother.

Other alleged victims later came forward but when quizzed by police, Mr Geffen insisted there was nothing suspicious in what he had done.

The trial is expected to last five weeks.

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