Sheffield man to stand trial accused of 13 sex offences

Lee Smith, 38, appeared at Sheffield Magistrates' Court today (July 26), where he entered not guilty pleas to all 13 sex offences he is accused of.
Lee Smith, 38, appeared at Sheffield Magistrates' Court today (July 26), where he entered not guilty pleas to all 13 sex offences he is accused of.

A 38-year-old man is set to stand trial, after he pleaded not guilty to 13 sex offences alleged to have been committed in Sheffield against children as young as four-years-old.

Lee Smith, 38, appeared at Sheffield Magistrates' Court today (July 26), where he entered not guilty pleas to all 13 sex offences he is accused of.

Magistrates sent the case to Sheffield Crown Court for trial, and released Smith on bail until the scheduled trial date next month.

Smith is accused of seven counts of assault of a female under the age of 13 by touching, with the age of the alleged victims ranging between four and 12-year-old at the time of the offences in question.

He is also accused of one count of observing a person doing a private act, one count of sexual assault on a girl aged 13, two counts of sexual assault on a female aged 15 and two counts of engaging in sexual activity with a girl aged between 13 and 15-years-old.

All of the offences are alleged to have taken place in Sheffield between February 2012 and March 2017.

None of the alleged victims can be named for legal reasons.