Ex-Newcastle United footballer Nile Ranger has admitted a charge of common assault following a city centre incident.
Ranger appeared before Newcastle Magistrates' Court on Friday.
Court officials confirmed he admitted a charge of common assault.
He was given conditional bail and will appear again on 9 April for sentence.
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Robert Hodgson, from Stanley, County Durham, committed the offences on the girls, aged as young as five or six, up to the age of 13.