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Reality TV star on child porn charges fails to show up for court hearing

By Paul Higgins

Published 27/07/2016

Jeffrey Anderson, at a previous court appearance, is charged with possessing indecent images of children and with voyeurism
Jeffrey Anderson, at a previous court appearance, is charged with possessing indecent images of children and with voyeurism

A reality show singing star accused of having indecent images of children was not in court for his latest hearing.

A prosecution lawyer said he had "no issue" with the failure of 25-year-old Jeffrey Anderson to attend Newtownards Magistrates Court yesterday.

Anderson, from the Crawfordsburn Road in Newtownards, is on bail facing 14 charges including theft, specifically stealing photographs in 2011 and three counts of possessing an indecent image of a child in 2013.

He also faces 10 counts of voyeurism on various dates between August 2005 and August 2013, alleging that for sexual gratification, he "recorded another doing a private act knowing that the other person did not consent to being recorded."

During an earlier hearing two months ago, two charges of indecent assault against the singer were dropped by the PPS.

Count four had alleged that Anderson indecently assaulted a female on a date unknown between August 1, 2005 and March 31, 2007 while count eight alleged he indecently assaulted a second female on a date between April 1 and May 31, 2006.

Previous courts have also heard that charges were brought against Anderson after an investigation by police lasting more than two years.

His case is due to return to court on August 23.

Anderson first shot to prominence when he took part in Andrew Lloyd Webber's talent show Jesus Christ Superstar, earning the nickname "baby Jesus" as the youngest contestant, and although he didn't win the part of Jesus, he was chosen as the understudy and toured the UK with the production.

He appeared on TV screens again in 2014 when he took part in singing show The Voice, but failed to impress and didn't make it past the audition stage.

As part of his bail conditions, Anderson is prohibited from carrying or being in possession of any device intended or capable of recording still or moving images (including cameras, video cameras, remote cameras, web cameras) excluding mobile phones, is not allowed to leave the UK or apply for a passport, speak to any prosecution witness and must report to police once a week.

A former singing show contestant accused of having indecent images of children did not show up in court yesterday.

A prosecution lawyer said he had "no issue" with the failure of 25-year-old Jeffrey Anderson to attend the hearing Newtownards' Magistrates Court.

Anderson, from the Crawfordsburn Road in the town, is on bail facing 14 charges, including theft - specifically, stealing photographs in 2011 - and three counts of possessing an indecent image of a child in 2013.

He also faces 10 counts of voyeurism on various dates between August 2005 and August 2013, alleging that for sexual gratification he "recorded another doing a private act knowing that the other person did not consent to being recorded".

At an earlier hearing two months ago, the Public Prosecution Service dropped two charges of indecent assault against him.

Count four had alleged that Anderson indecently assaulted a female on a date unknown between August 1, 2005, and March 31, 2007, while count eight alleged he indecently assaulted a second female on a date between April 1 and May 31, 2006.

Previous hearings were told that charges were brought against the defendant after a police investigation lasting more than two years. His case is due to return to court on August 23.

Anderson shot to prominence when he took part in Andrew Lloyd Webber's reality television talent show Jesus Christ Superstar, earning the nickname "baby Jesus" as the youngest contestant. While he failed to win the part of Jesus, he was chosen as the understudy and toured the UK with the production. Anderson appeared on television screens once again in 2014 when he took part in singing show The Voice, but he failed to impress and did not make it past the audition stage.

As part of his bail conditions, he is prohibited from carrying or being in possession of any device intended or capable of recording still or moving images (including cameras, video cameras, remote cameras and web cameras), excluding mobile phones, and is not allowed to leave the UK, apply for a passport or speak to any prosecution witness. He must also report to police once a week.

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