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Tyrone man who starred in TV dance show charged with sex offences against three boys

By Nevin Farrell

Published 09/02/2016

87-year old Vincent Lewis from Coalisland leaves Antrim Magistrate Court. Lewis was in court to answer charges of historic rape and sexual abuse of two boys.PICTURE MARK JAMIESON.
87-year old Vincent Lewis from Coalisland leaves Antrim Magistrate Court. Lewis was in court to answer charges of historic rape and sexual abuse of two boys.PICTURE MARK JAMIESON.

An 87-year-old man who starred in a TV programme about some of the oldest dancers in Northern Ireland, was in court today charged with sex offences against three boys.

Vincent Lewis, of Annagher Road in Coalisland, Co Tyrone, faces ten charges.

They include one count of rape, four counts of gross indecency with or towards a child, two counts of buggery of boys under the age of 16 and three charges of indecent assault on males.

The dates on the charges range from 1974 to 1983.

At Antrim Magistrates' Court a prosecutor said the papers in the case are "rather substantial" and asked for the case to be adjourned for six weeks.

Mr Lewis nodded to indicate he understood the charges.

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

No further details have yet been outlined and the accused has yet to enter a guilty or not guilty plea.

At court on Tuesday he was released on continuing bail to come back to court in March.

As part of his bail conditions he must not have contact with any children under the age of 16, must not communicate with any alleged victims or witnesses and he must not have any contact with any persons associated with Our Lady of Bethlehem Abbey monastery at Portglenone, County Antrim.

In 2014 Mr Lewis featured in a show about set dancing called 'The Joy of Sets'. At the time of the BBC 'True North' programme it was reported in the press he was still working as a printer making memorial cards and 'Mass Cards' and he also crammed in two or three set dancing classes a week.

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