An Emmy-nominated Sydney cameraman has admitted to having sex with teenage girls, but claims he thought they were of legal age.
Nathan Tomlinson is accused of rape and producing child pornography.
On Tuesday, the court heard one alleged victim was just 14.
Tomlinson’s lawyer, Dennis Stewart, told the court he didn’t deny having a sexual relationship.
“He honestly and reasonably thought the complainant was over the age of 16,” Mr Stewart said.
But one alleged victim claims he undressed her while she was in her school uniform.
“He was kissing me and proceeded to have sex with me,” she said.
He was also accused of filming teenage girls too young to consent.
It’s alleged he groomed them over Facebook and seduced them with his car and hotel rooms.
The court heard one girl was taken away on holidays to the Blue Mountains and even the Gold Coast, all while Tomlinson had a girlfriend whom he’d been dating for 11 years.
Tomlinson is facing 22 charges, including one count of having sex with a person aged between 10 and 14, and 15 counts of having sex with a person aged between 14 and 16.
He’s also accused of producing, disseminating and possessing child abuse material.
The cameraman was under investigation for a different matter when police discovered the videos.
The trial continues.