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Concert pianist John Briggs to face new sex claim
9:00am Thursday 19th September 2013 in Keighley
Concert pianist John Briggs has been charged with a new allegation, claiming historic sexual abuse of a boy.
The world-famous musician will face the fresh allegation when he next appears at Bradford Crown Court.
Briggs, 65, of Little Lane, East Morton, has already appeared before a judge in connection with other alleged historic sex offences, including against boys.
The latest alleged victim contacted police after press coverage of the earlier proceedings.
Briggs, who was awarded the MBE a decade ago for his community work, was bailed by Judge John Potter in July until a plea and case management hearing next month.
At a previous court hearing he had indicated he would plead not guilty to three charges of indecently assaulting boys under 16, one charge of indecently assaulting a male aged 16 or over and one charge of committing an act of gross indecency with or towards a boy under the age of 14.
Those offences are alleged to have taken place at his home in the early 1990s, and involved two boys under 16 and a male over that age.
Last month West Yorkshire Police confirmed Briggs had been arrested, interviewed and released on bail in connection with the new allegation of sexually touching a male in the late 1970s.
A spokesman said: “A 65-year-old man has now been charged with a further allegation of sexual activity with a male under 16. The charge will be tied up with the previous allegations at the next court hearing.”
A trial date has been fixed for February 17 next year.