DETECTIVES have charged an elderly man with a litany of historic sex crimes going back nearly 50 years.
The offences include indecent assault and gross indecency dating as far back as 1966.
The 79-year-old was charged with a total of 21 offences – seven for indecent assault and gross indecency, seven for cruelty, and seven for assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
The offences are alleged to have taken place in the Downpatrick and greater Belfast areas between 1966 and the present.
The crimes were allegedly committed against a number of people.
The pensioner will appear at Downpatrick Magistrates Court on June 6.