Man faces rape charges

Preston Crown Court

Preston Crown Court

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A MAN accused of grooming a teenage girl over the internet and repeatedly raping her when they met up has made his first appearance at court.

John Rushton, 25, of Darley Avenue, Marton, is also charged with intending to pervert the course of justice by asking the 14-year-old girl to lie about their relationship.

Unemployed Rushton faces three offences of raping the girl between July 26 and September 30 last year.

Two of the rapes are alleged to have taken place at his home in Blackpool and one in his car.

He is further accused of one offence of grooming the teenager with intent to commit a sexual offence.

Tracy Yates, prosecuting, asked for the case to be heard at crown court and opposed bail for Rushton.

Leisa Splaine, defending, said Rushton denied there had been any sexual contact between him and the teenager.

Blackpool magistrates refused Rushton bail and remanded him in custody to appear at Preston Crown Court on February 28.

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