Pensioner accused of five child rapes

*Court snatch, Spalding Mags.'Benjamin Rogers
*Court snatch, Spalding Mags.'Benjamin Rogers

WHAPLODE pensioner Benjamin French Rogers appeared in court on Thursday accused of five counts of raping girls under the age of 16.

Rogers (73, pictured), of Hagbeach Gate, also faces six charges of indecently assaulting girls under the age of 14 and one further sexual offence involving a child.

Facing rape charges: Pensioner Benjamin French Rogers. Photo: SG140711-226TW

Facing rape charges: Pensioner Benjamin French Rogers. Photo: SG140711-226TW

Dressed in a dark blue shirt and blue jeans, the pensioner spoke in court to confirm his name, age and address.

Spalding magistrates sent him for trial at Lincoln Crown Court and he was granted conditional bail to the preliminary hearing there, which will take place on Thursday, August 11.

The charges date from March 1973 to July 2002.