A MAN from Chester-le-Street will stand trial after being arrested as part of an investigation into sexual offences involving about 80 potential victims.
The development comes as part of Operation Sanctuary investigating allegations of sexual crime involving vulnerable women and girls.
Gurhan Sayan, 44, of Plunkett Terrace, was charged with assault by penetration and will stand trial on August 4.
Five arrests were made in the operation this week – making the total 64 – including two women.
Police say information from the public continues to come into the force and is extremely valuable to the investigation team.
Northumbria Police Deputy Chief Constable Steve Ashman said: “The public continue to share important information with us and are being extremely vigilant and contacting us when they see situations they have concerns about or women and girls they feel are vulnerable.
“This is key to how we will bring all offenders to justice and demonstrates how our communities share with us a determination not to tolerate this criminal behaviour.
“I would urge people to continue to do this as we want to hear about any concerns they have and to remember if a situation doesn’t look right or feel right, they should trust their instincts and let us know.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191, quoting “Operation Sanctuary”.