Wigan pensioner in court after being charged with 31 sex offences

Roy Whittle will face a crown court judge after appearing at Wigan and Leigh Magistrates' Court.

The 78-year-old, of St Clement's Court off Worsley Mesnes Drive, is accused of indecent assaults, gross indecency and sexual activity with under-age boys and men.

The alleged incidents span more than a quarter of century between 1978 and 2005.

Some of the charges are so serious that they cannot be dealt with by the magistrates’ court.

Wigan and Leigh Magistrates' Court

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Whittle will now appear at Bolton Crown Court in front of a judge on November 11.

No indications have been given to how he will plead.

He was released on unconditional bail until his first appearance before a judge.

Whittle is accused of 10 charges of indecently assaulting a boy.

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He also faces three charges of gross indecency and five of buggery with the same boy, as well as one allegation of indecently assaulting the same person when he was a man aged over 16.

Whittle then faces a further four charges of indecent assault on a second boy as well as four counts of inciting him into sexual activity and three of sexually touching him.

Whittle also faces another charge of sexually touching a boy.

The allegations involving the first victim span from 1978 and 1987, while those concerning the second youngster are alleged to have happened between 2001 and 2005.