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Man denies sexually assaulting girls in Penrith

Carlisle Magistrates Court

A man from Lancashire was expected to attended North and West Cumbria Magistrates Court today [THURS] to face five-charges brought under the sexual offences Act 2003.

Jonathan Griffiths, 41, appeared by video-link in Rickergate Court, Carlisle from Blackpool, he gave his address as Scott Close, Blackpool.

The allegations are dated between March 1 and May 5, 2019, there are two-allegations of sexual assault on a girl, in that he intentionally touched her and the touching was of a sexual nature.

There are three-allegations that he engaged in a sexual activity with a girl, that he intentionally touched her and the touching was of a sexual nature, official court papers show the alleged offences took place in Penrith and the girls were teenagers aged 13 to 15.

Griffiths entered a not-guilty plea to all allegations.

As these allegations are indictable only, which means the case can only be heard at Crown Court, Griffiths will appear before a judge at Carlisle Crown Court on October 16.

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