Man in court accused of abusing schoolboy

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A MAN has appeared in court accused of abusing a schoolboy.

Jonathon Tony Maddison is accused of touching a 12-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons.

The 21-year-old appeared at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court.

Maddison, of no fixed abode, faces one charge of causing a child to engage in sexual activity.

The offence is said to have taken place in Washington between July and August 2011.

Maddison was remanded in custody until a hearing at Newcastle Crown Court on October 18.