A well-known Market Rasen businessman has appeared before a Scottish Court accused of child sex offences.
Alan Rupert Dixon of Willingham Hall Industrial Estate is alleged to have committed offences against the same boy over many years.
When he appeared before Dunoon Sheriff Court on February 5, he pleaded not guilty to the two charges.
A Sheriff & Jury Trial will now take place at the Dunoon court on April 13.
The first charge is of ‘Lewd, indecent and libidinous practices and behaviour’ on ‘various occasions’ between June 1 2006 and November 30 2012.
It allegedly involved a ‘young boy between the ages of 4 and 9.’
The second charge concerns the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act 2009, section 20, or Sexual Assault.
It concerns allegations said to have occurred “on various occasions” which involved “a young boy between the ages of 9 and 11.”
A court spokeswoman said the allegations concerned the same boy and the differing charges are to account for the alleged victim being at a different age when the offences were said to have taken place. Mr Dixon was released on bail.
He is a partner in the Special Edition Chocolates business and has become well known for touring Lincolnshire giving talks about chocolate to voluntary organisations including Rotary, WI and Probus groups.
Dixon is also well known for community activities over the years. He is currently listed as Honorary Treasurer for the Market Rasen Lions Club.
He was also actively involved in the Rural Tourism Development Area Partnership, which delivered £4.3 million of aid to Market Rasen and the surrounding area
Police Scotland issued the following statement: “A 77 year-old man was arrested in March 2014 in connection with alleged sexual assaults that took place in the Lochgilphead area between 2006 and 2013.”