Uckfield town councillor denies sexual offences

Uckfield town councillor and shopkeeper James Anderson denied sexual offences against teenagers when he appeared in court yesterday (Thursday, February 22).

Brighton magistrates sent Mr Anderson, 33, for trial at Lewes Crown Court. A pre-trial hearing was fixed for Thursday, March 22.

Mr Anderson was given conditional bail.

The charges against Mr Anderson are:

  1. Sexual activity with a girl aged between 13 and 15 – between March 1, 2015, and July 31, 2015 – not reasonably believing she was aged 16 or over.
  2. Sexual activity with a girl aged between 13 and 15 – between January 1, 2015, and March 7, 2015 – not reasonably believing she was aged 16 or over.
  3. Sexual activity, without consent, with a girl aged 13 or over, between March 8, 2015, and January 13, 2017.
  4. Sexual assault on a girl aged between 15 and 16 years between March 8, 2015, and January 13, 2017.
  5. Sexual assault on a woman aged between 17 and 18 years between September 1, 2013, and April 1, 2014.
  6. Sexual activity with a girl aged between 13 and 15 – between November 1, 2015 and January 31, 2016 – not reasonably believing she was aged 16 or over.

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