Monday, January 23, 2006

Would-Be Hollywood Actor Denies Sex Charges

AN aspiring Hollywood actor has pleaded not guilty in a South Australian court to a string of sex charges, including rape.

Benjamin William Ainsworth, a personal trainer and would-be actor, was arrested in Hollywood in December 2004 for allegedly committing a series of sex offences in Adelaide.

The 29-year-old Adelaide man was later extradited to South Australia where he faces two rape charges, nine unlawful sexual intercourse charges and counts of aggravated serious criminal trespass, and assault with intent to rape.

Mr Ainsworth pleaded not guilty to all charges in the SA District Court today.

The offences were alleged to have happened between July 2000 and Christmas Day 2003 in Adelaide.

The nine unlawful sexual intercourse counts allegedly involved a 14-year-old girl and happened in a two week period from December 11, 2003.

Judge Christopher Lee remanded Mr Ainsworth for trial, with a directions hearing set for March 7.

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