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Man (87) featured in BBC show 'abused three young boys'

By Nevin Farrell

Published 10/02/2016

Vincent Lewis leaves Antrim Magistrates Court
Vincent Lewis leaves Antrim Magistrates Court
Vincent Lewis in the BBC programme

An 87-year-old who appeared in a TV documentary about senior citizen dancers has appeared in court accused of sex offences against three boys.

Vincent Lewis, from Annagher Road in Coalisland, Co Tyrone, faces 10 charges: one count of rape, four counts of gross indecency with or towards a child, two of buggery of boys under the age of 16, and three charges of indecent assault on males.

The dates of the alleged offences range from 1974 to 1983.

At a previous hearing Lewis nodded to indicate he understood the charges against him.

At Antrim Magistrates Court yesterday, a prosecutor said the papers in the case were "rather substantial" and asked for a six-week adjournment.

A police officer told the court she believed she could connect the accused to the charges.

No further details were disclosed during the hearing.

Lewis, who has yet to enter a plea, was released on continuing bail to appear before the same court next month. As part of his bail conditions, the defendant must not have contact with any children under the age of 16, must not communicate with any alleged victims or witnesses, and must not have any contact with any persons associated with Our Lady of Bethlehem Abbey monastery at Portglenone in Co Antrim.

In 2014 Lewis featured in BBC NI's True North television series in an episode about set dancing entitled The Joy Of Sets.

At the time of the broadcast it was reported in the Press that he was still working as a printer making memorial cards and Mass cards.

It was also reported he attended two or three set dancing classes each week.

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