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Man appears on multiple sexual offence charges

A man has appeared before Sunderland Magistrates today (March 27) charged with a string of sexual offences.

27-year-old Carl Todner of Elgin Avenue, Seaham, appeared on five counts of sexual assault, one of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and another of outraging public decency.

He has also been charged with four counts of exposure.

The offences are alleged to have taken place in the Sunderland and South Tyneside areas between March 9 and March 25.

He has been remanded in custody to appear again on April 7.