Wakefield pensioner accused of child sex crimes

25 july 2012.'Eric Calvert at Wakefield Magistrates Court yesterday (wednesday).
25 july 2012.'Eric Calvert at Wakefield Magistrates Court yesterday (wednesday).

A 74-YEAR-OLD man accused of child sex crimes has appeared in court.

Eric Calvert, of Manor Crescent, Lupset, faces 23 charges, including sexual touching, voyeurism and making indecent images.

Wakefield Magistrates’ Court heard the alleged victims were children of both sexes and the youngest was said to be an eight-year-old girl.

Calvert denies all 23 charges.

Calvert spoke only to confirm his personal details.

He was dressed in grey suit and clutched a wooden walking stick during his court appearance on Wednesday.

The court heard the offences included five charges of sexual touching and two of attempted sexual touching.

He also faces two charges of causing a child to look at an image of sexual activity, two of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of child and one of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

Calvert also faces a single charge of voyeurism and ten offences of making indecent images.

Rob Fones, defending, told the court his client was the treasurer of an over 50s club in the area for two years and wanted to continue with his work.

Deputy District Judge Richard Clews said the case should eventually be heard at Leeds Crown Court.

He adjourned the case for eight weeks and granted the defendant conditional bail.

He told Calvert his next appearance would be before Wakefield magistrates on September 19 when it is expected his case will be committed for trial.

Among the bail conditions Calvert must observe are no contact with prosecution witnesses and not to be in the presence of a child under 16 unless supervised by an adult.