Teenager charged with sex offences

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A teenager has appeared in court charged with nine counts of inciting a 14-year-old girl to engage in sexual activity.

Thomas Southern, of Taylor Road, Haydock, appeared at Wigan and Leigh Magistrates Court on Tuesday but the charges were deemed too serious to be dealt with there and the case was committed to crown court later this month.

The 18-year-old did not enter a plea to any of the nine charges which are alleged to have taken place in Wigan between November 14 and November 29 last year.

It is claimed that he, being over 18, caused or incited a 14-year-old girl to send him images of herself engaging in sexual activity.

He was released on conditional bail to appear before a judge at Liverpool Crown Court on May 31 for a preliminary hearing.