Weightlifting teacher accused of rape ‘couldn’t care less if they were consenting’

A weightlifting teacher accused of raping two women he’d never met before at a gym Christmas party ‘couldn’t care less if they were consenting’, a court has heard.

Jack Crosse, 32, is alleged to have attacked the pair at the Willpower Weightlifting gym in Pontypool, South Wales, on December 13 and in the early hours of December 14, 2019.

He is also said to have told one of the alleged victims: ‘I’m not forcing you’, before having intercourse with her.

Cardiff Crown Court heard how on the night of the incident, the gym had been turned into a makeshift bar and dancefloor for a Christmas party. 

Crosse – a teacher at Llanishen High School in Cardiff where he has worked for five years – had been drinking at the party and was described by witnesses as ‘acting in a sexually inappropriate way’, the court was told.

The defendant, of Heol Ysgubor, Caerphilly, denies three counts of rape.

Weightlifting teacher Jack Crosse, 31, is accused of raping two women at a Christmas party

Addressing the jury, prosecutor Clare Wilks said: ‘Neither of these two women consented to those actions and the defendant would have known that from their behaviour, from what they were saying and what they were doing. 

‘The defendant, drunk as he was, couldn’t care less if they were consenting or not and was determined to do what he wanted with them. Those actions amounted to rape and he knew that.’

The first alleged victim had driven to the gym and had only had a couple of drinks during the night when she was introduced to the defendant, who she described as ‘tactile, drunk and stumbling’ but overall she thought he was a ‘nice guy’. 

They parted ways but later found themselves in each other’s company and they started kissing. 

She said Crosse asked her to ‘go with him’ but she said she had to find her friend.

Ms Wilks said Cross initially accepted this but he grabbed her again and kissed her before asking her to perform oral sex on him. 

She agreed but after a short while she said she needed to find her friend. But she said Crosse became ‘rough and forceful’, grabbed her waist and pulled down her trousers before raping her. 

The victim said she told the defendant to stop a number of times but he refused.

In her police interview played to the court, the first victim said: ‘He penetrates me four times before I can move away. I put my hands on his chest and I said ‘Stop’.’

She said she managed to get away from him. The court heard she then found her friend and waited in her car.

The second victim said she became aware of Crosse after he kept coming up to her and dancing before touching her and grabbing her. 

She said she found the defendant ‘persistent’ and tried to move away from him. 

She later saw Crosse outside and said he pulled her into a dark storage room where he cornered her and began kissing her.

The woman said she told Crosse she wanted to go back to the party but he grabbed her face and held her chin in a firm grip. She tried to pull away from him and leave the room. 

Cardiff Crown Court heard how on the night of the incident, the gym had been turned into a makeshift bar and dancefloor for a Christmas party

Cardiff Crown Court heard how on the night of the incident, the gym had been turned into a makeshift bar and dancefloor for a Christmas party 

Ms Wilks said: ‘He was much larger than her and overwhelmed her, he was relentless but said he was not forcing her.’

The victim said the defendant proceeded to push her trousers down, turned her around and raped her from behind. She said she somehow managed to pull away from him and told him again she didn’t want to have sex. 

She said Crosse told her he wanted oral sex and pushed her head down before sexually assaulting her. The victim said she heard people calling her from outside and managed to get away.

On the journey home, the second complainant became upset and told the first complainant about what had happened. 

The first alleged victim asked who it was and when she gave Crosse’s name, she said he had also done something to her. 

The woman later contacted the police and Crosse was arrested later that day.

During his police interview, Crosse admitted he didn’t know either of the women before the party but claimed all sexual acts with both women were consensual. 

He said he couldn’t remember having oral sex with the first victim but admitted having sexual intercourse with both women at the gym, denying he had raped either of them. 

The trial continues.

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