An Abingdon man will stand trial in December accused of having unsupervised contact with a teen girl in breach of a court order.

Prosecutors claim Alan Thompson, breached the sexual harm prevention order imposed by a judge at Reading Crown Court in October 2020.

He is said to have flouted the order by having unsupervised contact with a girl in her mid-teens on November 25, 2020. The girl cannot be identified for legal reasons.

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Appearing before Oxford Crown Court on Thursday, Thompson, of Sinodun Close, Long Wittenham, pleaded not guilty to a single count of breaching a sexual harm prevention order.

Sat on his electric mobility scooter rather than in the dock, Thompson spoke only to confirm is name and his plea.

The trial was fixed for December 19. It is hoped the two-day case will be heard in Oxford, although the judge was told that, because of issues with the lift, the trial may have to be moved to Reading.

Judge Nigel Daly, who heard the short plea and trial preparation hearing, said in an aside that he hoped the problematic elevator might be fixed in the six months before the trial was due to be heard.

Thompson was granted bail to return to the crown court for the trial.

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This story was written by Tom Seaward. He joined the team in 2021 as Oxfordshire's court and crime reporter.  

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