Indecent acts on children hearing

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A 69-year-old man has been sent for trial on seven charges alleging he committed indecent acts against five young girls in Spalding between 1990 and 2006.

Geoffrey Ward, of Spring Gardens, Spalding, appeared before Boston magistrates on Wednesday when the cases were sent to Lincoln Crown Court to be heard on Wednesday, October 1 or such other date as the crown court directs.

Ward was given bail.

There are six charges alleging indecent assaults, including two on one girl when she was aged 11 or 12 years between June 1990 and June 1992 and two on another girl who was aged 14 years between November 1991 and November 1992.

A further charge alleges sexual touching of a girl aged 13 or 14, between September 2004 and September 2006, when she was not consenting and he did not reasonably believe she was consenting.