Boxer on child sex charges

Boxer Tom Hebden, 18, accused of a string of sexual offences against three girls
Boxer Tom Hebden, 18, accused of a string of sexual offences against three girls

A teenage Bridlington boxer has appeared in court accused of 18 charges of sexual assault against three girls aged 13 to 16.

Tom Arthur Hebden, 18, made his third appearance at Hull Crown Court (October 9) charged with engaging in consensual and non-consensual sexual activity with school girls over a two-year period.

Hebden, of West End, Ulrome, near Driffield, faces nine charges of sexual touching, one charge of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child, three charges of inciting a child into sexual activity, and five further charges. One of the allegations was on a bus trip to Leeds when others were present.

Hebden, whose father is a Bridlington boxing coach, wore a grey check suit and grey tie for the 15-minute appearance and was watched by relatives from the public gallery (October 9).

No pleas were entered at this stage. Crown barrister Charlotte Baines said the charges could be put to him on the day of trial. Defence barrister Paul Genney said he was happy with the three complainants could give evidence via DVD interview and a live video link to the court. He said there has been no problems with the conditions of his bail not to contact prosecution witnesses

Judge Simon Jack ordered Hebden to stand as he told him: “You will next be before the court for a trial on January 18. You must understand that it will be an offence to breach a condition of bail that can result in a prison sentence. If you do not attend for trail it may go ahead in your absence and that would not be in your interests. Do you understand?”

Hebden replied: “Yes”.

Hebden walked free on bail on condition he does not contact prosecution witnesses.