Hexham man in court charged with string of sexual offences

Suspected peeping tom John Adams was in the dock at Newcastle Magistrates’ Court to face a total of nine charges of sexual offences and a public order matter

John Adams
John Adams

A Northumberland man has appeared in court charged with a string of sexual offences, including secretly “observing” women while they used the toilet.

Suspected peeping tom John Adams was in the dock at Newcastle Magistrates’ Court to face a total of nine charges of sexual offences and a public order matter.

Six of the charges relate to the 53-year-old allegedly “observing” a number of women in toilets in Hexham, Northumbeland.

Two of the voyeurism charges relate to 19 women, while the other four were for an “unknown number” of women.

The alleged offences date between September 2009 and April 2013.

Adams, of St Wilfrid’s Road, Hexham, also faced three charges of making indecent photographs of a child, all of which allegedly took place between the same dates.

He faced one final public order matter from June 23 of this year.

None of the offences were put to Adams as both the prosecuting and defending solicitors asked for an adjournment.

David Thompson, prosecuting, said: “It is an application for an adjournment as there are a number of matters for consideration and we have to take full instructions.

“Most of the matters are either way, except the public order matter, which is summary only. Time is not of the essence here, because of the historic nature of the offences.”

Zoe Passfield, representing Adams, also applied for an adjournment.

Magistrates agreed and the case was adjourned until later this month. Adams was released on conditional bail until that date.

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