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.