A FUNERAL director charged with a string of alleged sex assaults on young boys is due to stand trial early next year.
Gerald Martin – who owns Mason and Gerald Martin Funeral Directors, in Park Road, Hartlepool – appeared at Teesside Crown Court in Middlesbrough for a preliminary hearing yesterday.
The 64-year-old denied all 10 of the alleged offences, which date back decades, when he made his first appearance at Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court earlier this month.
Martin, of Valley Close, West Park, Hartlepool, is accused of five attempted serious sexual assaults, and five charges of indecent assault, against two boys.
Martin was a child at the time of some of the alleged offences and the alleged victims were said to have been of school age.
The Teesside Crown Court hearing set out two further court dates for the funeral director – another administrative hearing on October 10, ahead of a trial on January 12 next year.
Martin was released on unconditional bail until that time.