March 2019

Sexual predator admits 10 historic sex offences

A man has pleaded guilty to a string of historic sexual offences against children dating back to the 1970s in a hearing at Bradford Crown Court.

Ian Roberts, 67, of Bowling Old Lane, West Bowling admitted the ten offences committed against three young girls over a period of over 15 years.

Roberts, who appeared in court needing a walking stick and wearing a dark coat, was allowed to remain seated throughout the hearing due to his ill-health.

He admitted the eight counts of indecent assault against a girl aged under 14, one count of indecent assault against a girl under the age of 16, and one count of committing an act of gross indecency towards a girl aged under 14.

The court heard Roberts has recently been discharged from hospital following major surgery, and suffers from cancer and other illnesses.

His case has been adjourned and he will be sentenced in Bradford on Tuesday, May 7. In the meantime he has been ordered to sign the Sex Offenders’ Register.