Man (49) remanded in jail on charges of kidnap and sex assault of boy (10)
A 49-YEAR-OLD man was remanded in custody today after appearing in court charged with the kidnap and sexual assault of a 10-year-old boy who vanished on a trip to local shops.
Michael Jackson, from Oldbury, West Midlands, did not speak during the brief hearing at Warley Magistrates' Court.
Dressed in khaki green trousers and a grey sweatshirt, he only nodded to confirm his name, date of birth and address.
He was charged last night with one count each of kidnap, false imprisonment, threats to kill and sexual assault.
West Midlands Police launched an investigation after the child, who cannot be named, was reported missing by a worried family member at 9.15am on Sunday when he failed to return home.
Officers and members of the public searched the area for more than two hours before the boy was found at around 11.30am.
Police said that a 48-year-old man arrested in connection with the investigation had been released on police bail pending further inquiries. A 30-year-old man was released without charge.
Jackson is also charged with one count of child abduction, in connection with a separate alleged incident involving an 11 year-old girl in September.