Internet grooming accused faces 14 further allegations

A supermarket worker who was accused of using Facebook to groom a 14-year-old girl has appeared in court to face similar allegations involving more than a dozen other youngsters.

Stephen Woolley, 26, of Stocks Lane, Luddenden, was remanded in custody back in April after being charged with offences of grooming and inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

But he appeared again before a judge at Bradford Crown Court in connection with similar allegations said to involve 14 other complainants.

Woolley, who had been employed as a deputy manager at the store in Sowerby Bridge, was due to have a plea and case management hearing in respect of the initial charges on July 13, but Judge John Potter agreed to switch the date to September 11.

A two-week trial date has been set for October 1.

Judge Potter remanded Woolley back into custody until the plea and case management hearing in September.