Steeple Ashton man in court over child sex abuse charges

Steeple Ashton man in court over child sex abuse charges

Steeple Ashton man in court over child sex abuse charges

First published in Trowbridge

A Steeple Ashton man has appeared before a judge accused of sexually abusing children over a period of 30 years.

David Smith faces 13 counts of indecent assault and one of gross indecency between 1976 and 2006.

The 64-year-old is accused of six indecent assaults on a girl under 13, two on a girl under 14, two on a girl under 16, two on a female over 16 and one on a male under 16.

The allegation of indecency relates to a female under the age of 13.

No charges were formally put to Smith, of St Mary's, Steeple Ashton, and he did not enter any pleas during a brief hearing at Swindon Crown Court on Friday.

Judge Douglas Field adjourned the case to Friday, May 9 and released him on conditional bail until then.

He told him he must not have contact with children under 16 unless supervised by a person agreed by the police and social services or to contact named individuals.

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