A man has been charged with attempting to meet a child contrary to the Sexual Offences Act.
David Norman Nixon (49), had the case mentioned at Ballymena Magistrates Court.
It was marked as a ‘first appearance’ on the charge sheet.
The charge sheet described the charges as ‘attempt meet child following Sex’l Groom’ and ‘Attempted Sexual Communication with Child’.
The first charge in full reads: ‘Defendant on the 16th day of December 2017 being a person of 18 years or over, having previously communicated with on at least two occasions, another person under 17, or who you did not reasonably believe to be over 17, attempted intentionally to meet that person and at the time of doing so you intended to do an act to or in respect of that person during or after the meeting which would involve the commission of a relevant offence, contrary to section 15(1) of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 and Article 3(1) of the Criminal Attempts and Conspiracy (Northern Ireland) Order 1983’.
We have left out the single first name which was on the second charge.
That charge reads: ‘Defendant between the 6th day of December 2017 and the 17th day of December 2017, being a person aged 18 years or over, for the purpose of obtaining sexual gratification intentionally attempted to communicate with (name removed), a person under 16 years, the communication being sexual or intended to encourage the said (name removed) to make a communication that was sexual, and you did not reasonably believe that she was 16 years or over contrary to Article 3(1) of the Criminal Attempts and Conspiracy (Northern Ireland) 1983 and Article 22A of the Sexual Offences (Northern Ireland)Order 2008’.
A defence barrister said the case was to proceed in the Magistrates Court.
He said the defendant, whose address was given as Loughside Drive, Ballynahinch, is on benefits.
The lawyer said there was a 1,200 page phone report connected to the case.
The case was adjourned to the end of June.