A pensioner accused of paying for the sexual services of a child is to stand trial in front of a jury later this year.
Paul Stuart Adams, 73, faced three charges when he appeared at Carlisle Crown Court for a short hearing this morning.
One charge alleges the paying of sexual services of a child who, court papers show, is a male who was aged 16 and 17 at the time. Two other charges allege that Adams sexually assaulted the same teenager.
From the dock, Adams entered pleas of not guilty to each of the charges when they were read to him by a clerk.
A trial date was fixed and is due to start at the crown court on November 15.
In the meantime Adams, of Bankside, Distington, was granted conditional bail by the judge, Recorder David Temkin QC.