Northern Ireland

Teenage boy appears at Belfast court on sexual incitement charge

A 17-year-old youth has appeared at Belfast Magistrates' Court charged with internet sex offences involving children.

The teenager cannot be named for legal reasons.

He is accused of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity along with possessing and making and distributing indecent images of children.

A detective said the investigation involved 50 alleged injured parties.

He claimed it included boys at various schools in the area where the accused lived.

The detective told the court that he could connect the defendant with the charges.

The police are currently trying to access information from an iPad belonging to the teenager, who spoke only to confirm he understood the bail conditions imposed on him.