A MAN is due to appear in court charged with 20 sexual and cruelty offences against children.
Jeffrey Lake (77), of Peregian Springs, Queensland, Australia, will appear before Blackburn magistrates today.
He is charged with seven offences of indecent assault on a girl under 13; four offences of gross indecency on a girl under 14; two counts of rape of a girl under 16, one count of rape of a girl over 16; one offence of gross indecency on a boy under 14; three offences of cruelty on a person under 16, and two other sexual offences.
The alleged offences relate to two victims and were allegedly committed between January 1960 and June 1975.
The 77-year-old was arrested by police in Australia in January on suspicion of the sexual and physical abuse of children.
He was detained at an address in Queensland on behalf of Lancashire Constabulary and subsequently extradited to the UK.
He arrived back in the UK yesterday when he was charged and remanded to appear at court.