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Northern Ireland man to stand trial accused of 'disgusting' public sex act in presence of schoolgirl

By Alan Erwin

A Co Down man is to stand trial accused of a "disgusting" public sex act in the presence of a schoolgirl, a judge ordered on Thursday.

David Bryan Douglas allegedly committed the offence in breach of a sexual offences prevention order (SOPO).

The 58-year-old appeared before Belfast Magistrates' Court on three charges connected to an alleged incident in March.

Douglas, of Park Drive in Bangor, is accused of loitering at a place frequented by children - an act he is prohibited from performing under the terms of the SOPO.

He is also charged with committing a "lewd, obscene and disgusting" act outraging public decency.

A third count against him involves intentionally engaging in sexual activity for the purpose of obtaining gratification, knowing that a girl under 13 was present or could see.

No further details of the alleged offences were disclosed.

Douglas, who was led into the dock from custody, declined to call witnesses or give evidence at this stage in proceedings.

His lawyer did not contest prosecution submissions that he has a case to answer.

District Judge Fiona Bagnall granted an application to have him returned for trial at Belfast Crown Court.

The accused is to remain in custody until that hearing gets underway on a date to be fixed.

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