A TEENAGER has appeared before magistrates accused of a string of sex offences against a child.
Ryan Mortimer is charged with two rapes as well as assault by penetration and causing or inciting a girl to engage in sexual activity.
The 18-year-old, of Severn Close, in Peterlee, did not enter a plea when he appeared at Peterlee Magistrates’ Court this week.
The prosecution asked magistrates to send the case to Durham Crown Court for a preliminary hearing later this month.
Mortimer was granted conditional bail to appear at the crown court on Wednesday, February 12.