Man charged with having sex with schoolgirls

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A 20-year-old St Helens man has appeared in court charged with grooming a number of schoolgirls for sex.

Stephen Sumner is said to have engaged in sexual activity with a youngsters aged between 13 and 15 between January last year and May this year.

He is charged with six counts of sexual activity with a child aged under 16 and one count of communicating with a girl under 16 in order to engage in sexual activity with her.

Mr Sumner, of Holbrooke Close, St Helens, appeared at St Helens Magistrates’ Court on August 7.

He denies the charges and was remanded on bail to appear at Liverpool Crown Court next Wednesday (August 21).