Abuse case sent to crown court

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A man charged with nine sexual offences against three children was told his case is too serious to be heard by magistrates.

Barry Johnson, of St Giles Avenue in Sleaford, is alleged to have committed the offences between 1997 and 2012 in Grantham.

Johnson, 50, has yet to enter a plea.

He must return to Grantham Magistrates’ Court on April 15.

He was given bail with certain conditions.

They were that he resides at his address in Sleaford, he does not contact four named people and there is no unsupervised contact between Johnson and any child under the age of 16.