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Britain's Got Talent Ulster star facing child sex charge

By Patricia Devlin

This is the Britain’s Got Talent star facing a child sex charge after allegedly abusing a 12-year-old boy.

He is John James Glass, 21, who is accused of inciting the schoolboy into sexual activity in October 2013.

The singer, from Coleraine, was arraigned on the single charge at Antrim Crown Court last week.

He pleaded not guilty to causing or inciting a child under the age of 13 to engage in sexual activity. He will now go on trial.

A Crown lawyer told the court that the complainant in the case was a 12-year-old boy, whose family were present in court for the hearing.

The alleged offence is said to have occurred on October 15, 2013, just months before Glass wowed judges on the hit talent show.

The accused’s address was given as Blackthorn Court, Coleraine.

The aspiring West End musical theatre star’s performance was broadcast to millions last year after he auditioned at the Belfast stage of the popular talent show.

Glamorous judges Alesha Dixon and Amanda Holden, along with telly funny man David Walliams, voted the red-haired Coleraine man through to the next stages of the show after singing and dancing along to his energetic rendition of Any Dream Will Do at the Waterfront Hall.

The star trio waved their hands and swayed in time with the beat as Glass sang his heart out to roars from the audience.

However, his spirited performance of the classic, taken from Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat musical, failed to impress music mogul Simon Cowell.

The BGT star judge told him: “You are very likeable. Do I hear you making records? I’m not so sure.”

Last week His Honour Judge Fowler QC adjourned Glass’s case for two weeks with the intention of review.

A preliminary trial date has been set for later this year.

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