A 95-year-old man has appeared in court charged with committing historic sex offences against 12 children.
Jack Mount was not required to enter a plea to a total of 32 charges alleged to have been committed in Birmingham, Shropshire and Yorkshire between 1954 and 1979.
The pensioner, who was born in May 1919, spoke only to confirm his age and address during a brief appearance at Birmingham Magistrates' Court.
The court agreed to a request by prosecutor David Devine for Mount to be committed to appear at Birmingham Crown Court this afternoon due to his age and the nature of the alleged offences.
Mount, of South Molton, Devon, faces nine counts of rape, six of gross indecency, nine of indecent assault, and eight other sexual offences.
One of the offences is alleged to have been committed in Barnsley, then in the West Riding of Yorkshire, in the mid-1950s, while three are alleged to have occurred in Birmingham between 1957 and 1962.
The remaining 28 charges relate to allegations of sexual abuse against boys and girls said to have occurred in South Shropshire between 1967 and 1979.