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Man faces prison after admitting sex offences.

Byline: Paul Beard Court Reporter news@coventrytelegraph.net

A BEDWORTH baker has been warned to expect a prison sentence after he admitted a number of sexual offences against a young boy in the 1990s.

Baker Andrew Whitehead pleaded guilty at Warwick Crown Court to indecently assaulting a 12-year-old boy in the early 90s by fondling his genitals.

Whitehead, 56, of Coventry Road, Bedworth, also admitted two charges of indecency with a child by encouraging the boy to remove his clothing and perform a sex act while he did the same.

In addition Whitehead, who is a director of The Cake Shop in Park Road, Bedworth, which he runs with his brother, pleaded guilty to six similar charges which took place when the youngster was in his early teens.

But Whitehead, who was in his 30s at the time of the offences, denied two charges alleging similar acts when the boy was younger, and those pleas were accepted by the prosecution.

Martin Liddiard, defending, asked for the case to be adjourned for a pre-sentence report to be prepared, and for Whitehead to obtain references to put before the court.

Mr Liddiard pointed out: "He was a man of good character. He runs a bakery, and employs quite a lot of staff."

Agreeing to the adjournment, Recorder Nigel Daily granted Whitehead bail with conditions that he does not contact the complainant or have contact with any child under the age of 17.

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