OAP denies ten separate offences against a number of alleged victims aged under 16
An 85-year-old Birmingham man is to stand trial after being charged with multiple child sex offences, including rape.
Arthur Webley is charged with ten separate offences against a number of alleged victims aged under 16.
He is the father of Bishop Derek Webley, a former chairman of West Midlands Police Authority.
The pensioner is due to appear next at Birmingham Crown Court on September 23 for a pre-trial review in connection with the case.
His trial has been provisionally set for October 7.
The octagenarian is charged with one count of rape, attempting to rape contrary to Criminal Attempts Act, two counts of sexual intercourse with a girl aged under 13 contrary to Section 5 of the Sexual Offences Act.
He is also charged with two counts of attempting to have sexual intercourse with a girl under 13, sexual assault contrary to Section 3 of the Sexual Offences Act and three counts of indecent assault contrary to Section 14 of the Sexual Offences Act.
Mr Webley was arrested by West Midlands Police and first appeared at Birmingham Magistrates Court on March 15. He attended further court hearings in connection with the charges in April and June.
The 85-year-old pleaded not guilty to the offences at Birmingham Crown Court last month.
It is understood the charges relate to offences allegedly committed between the late 1990s and last year.
Mr Webley’s son Derek Webley is known as a district bishop for the New Testament Church of God.
Last year he stepped down from his long-standing role as chairman of the West Midlands Police Authority to join the race to become the region’s first elected police and crime commissioner.
He stood as an independent candidate in the ballot in November, but lost out to Bob Jones.