A children’s book author will go to trial facing 20 counts of sexually abusing kids – but a court has been told some charges may be dropped.
A children’s book author is facing charges of sexually abusing kids as young as 12.
Police have charged Roy Askham, of the Ballarat region, with 20 offences, including 11 accusations he sexually penetrated a child.
But the County Court of Victoria was told last week that some charges could be dropped after lawyers had difficulty contacting one of the alleged victims.
The 74-year-old will fight the charges at trial at a later date.
He was initially charged with six counts of indecent assault of a child under 16, three counts of sexual assault of a child under 16, sexual penetration of a child under 12 and 10 counts of sexual penetration of a child under 16.
Mr Askham wrote the self-published children’s book The Magic Mirror, about a witch who travels through time having adventures in an attempt to fix mistakes from her past.
He will next appear in court on November 15.