Belfast man to stand trial for grooming of schoolgirl
A man is to stand trial accused of meeting a schoolgirl following sexual grooming, a judge has ordered.
David Loughlin appeared before Belfast Magistrates' Court on charges related to alleged offences three years ago.
The 27-year-old, of Mervue Street in the city, faces two counts of sexual communication with a child.
He is further charged with meeting the girl, aged under 16, with the intention of committing a relevant offence.
The charges relate to dates in May and June 2016.
During a preliminary enquiry Loughin confirmed that he understood the allegations against him. No further details were disclosed.
He declined to call witnesses or give evidence at this stage in proceedings.
A defence lawyer did not dispute prosecution contentions that his client has a case to answer.
Based on those submissions, District Judge Paul Copeland granted an application to have Loughlin returned for trial at Belfast Crown Court.
Releasing the accused on £500 bail, Mr Copeland told him to appear again on a date to be fixed.
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