A farmer from Tasmania's north east has pleaded not guilty to assaulting a United States woman who was staying on his farm as a volunteer worker.

The woman, aged in her 20s, stayed with Andre Stomm at Mangana while she worked on his farm and at a nearby timber processor for several weeks between March and June this year.

The woman told the Magistrates Court in Launceston Stomm would regularly slap or grab her bottom and once grazed her breasts with his arm.

The 57 year old said he had slipped and the contact with the woman's breasts was accidental.

But he admitted regularly touching her on the bottom, shoulder and back during conversation, attributing the behaviour to his French-Hungarian background.

Stomm said he assumed the woman would be comfortable with the contact because she is Caucasian and he would not have behaved in the same way towards an Asian volunteer

He denied he was attracted to his guest and pleaded not guilty to one count of assault with indecent intent.

A decision in the case is expected next month.

 

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