Man, 68, faces trial on sexual abuse charges dating back nearly 30 years

Bradford crown court

Bradford crown court

First published in News

A 68-YEAR-OLD man is facing trial at Bradford Crown Court accused of sexually abusing two children in charges dating back almost 30 years.

Derrick Hooley was committed to the court by Skipton magistrates on 15 allegations, said to have taken place between 1985 and 1994.

Hooley, of Main Street, Farnhill, near Keighley, is accused of four charges of indecent assault on a boy and six counts of gross indecency with a boy.

He also faces three allegations of indecent assault on a girl and an offence of gross indecency with a girl. He further faces one charge of taking an indecent photograph of a child.

Hooley's barrister, Robin Frieze, said it was "a straight denial of all the offences."

Hooley will next appear at the Crown Court on September 11 for a case management hearing.

A trial, to last up to five days, was fixed to start on January 19.

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