A PENSIONER from Lupset accused of a string of sex offences against children has appeared in court.
Eric Calvert, 74, of Manor Crescent, Wakefield, is charged with 23 offences including voyeurism and sexual assault of a child under 13.
Alex Johnson, prosecuting, told Wakefield Magistrates’ Court yesterday that the alleged offences related to both male and female victims, the youngest being an eight-year-old girl.
Calvert pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Calvert, who has a walking stick and hearing aid, was dressed in a smart grey suit and spoke only to confirm his name and address during the proceedings.
Rob Fones, for Calvert, told the court the pensioner was treasurer of the Over 50s Club in Lupset and had been for two years.
The charges against him include five of assault of a child, two of attempted sexual assault of a boy under 16, two of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child, voyeurism, two of causing a child to look at an image of sexual activity and one of inciting a boy under 13 to engage in sexual activity.
Calvert also has 10 charges of making indecent photographs and movies of young boys.
Several people attended the court hearing with the pensioner.
He was released on conditional bail.
District Judge Richard Clews said: “These allegations against you must be tried at the crown court.”
Calvert was ordered to return to Wakefield Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, September 19 for committal to Wakefield Crown Court.