Castleford man Samuel Smith remanded over child sex offences

A man accused of sex offences against children has been remanded into custody by magistrates.

Samuel Smith, 29, of Greek Street in Castleford, West Yorkshire, is charged with six offences of sexual assault on a girl under the age of 13.

He has also been charged with making and possessing indecent images of children.

On Saturday Mr Smith was told by magistrates in Leeds he would next appear at crown court on 20 June.

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