Pensioner, 75, accused of raping teenage boys

A PENSIONER facing two charges of raping a boy appeared in court today, and has been committed to Cambridge Crown Court.

John Whitcombe, 75, also faces a number of other sex charges, along with an allegation of possessing child pornography.

Appearing at Wisbech courthouse, the pensioner from Lyons Court, Chatteris, was not asked to enter a plea to the charges.

He was instructed to appear at the Cambridge court for a preliminary hearing on Monday, and was given conditional bail.

Both rape charges facing Whitcombe are alleged to have been committed against a boy aged between 13 and 15, in Gedney, between December 1 2008 and July 2009.

He is also charged with sexually assaulting a male over the age of 16 in March between March 1 and July 31 last year.

Whitcombe also faces two charges of sexual activity with a boy in Gedney between December 1 2008 and July 31 2009; and one further charge of sexual activity with a boy in March, between January 1 and Deceber 31 last year.

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