13 people appear in Birmingham court charged with historic child sex offences

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  • June 22, 2020
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Thirteen people have appeared in court charged in connection with an investigation into historical child sex offences.

All the offences are said to have happened in the West Midlands between 2008 and 2016.

The hearings at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court on Monday, were conducted in line with social distancing because of the number of defendants charged.

James Evans, 35, of Eyland Grove, Walsall, is accused of 27 charges in all, including several child rape allegations, inciting youngsters to sexual activity, and sexual assaults against children.

Natasha Webb, 34, of Tettenhall Road, Wolverhampton, is accused of 18 charges in all, including inciting a child to sexual activity and sexually assaulting children.

David Baker, 39, of Park Avenue, Willenhall, Walsall, is accused of 15 charges in all, including allegations he raped children under the age of 13.

Tracy Baker, 38, also of Park Avenue, Walsall, is accused of 11 charges in all, including sexual assaults against children and inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

Mark Smith, 32, of Bloxwich Road, Walsall, is facing 12 charges including allegations he raped a child under the age of 13.

Kirsty Webb, 33, also of Bloxwich Road, is facing 10 charges including multiple counts of inciting a boy under the age of 13 to sexual activity.

Pamela Howells, 65, of Saw Mill Close, Walsall, is charged with six offences, including three counts of inciting boys under 13 to sexual activity.

Stephen Webb, 62, of Whitmore Street, Walsall, who appeared in court in a wheelchair, is facing eight charges including sexual touching of a child under 13, and a count of child rape.

All eight also face additional charges of conspiring to incite victims, all under 13, to engage in sexual activity, conspiring to facilitate sexual activity with children and further conspiring, for their own sexual gratification, to have children watch themselves or others engage in sex acts.

Lee Webb, 38, also of Whitmore Street, is accused of seven offences including conspiring to incite children under 13 to sexual activity and conspiring, for sexual gratification, to cause the children to watch themselves or others engaging in sex acts.

Dean Webb, 31, also of Saw Mill Close, is accused of 14 offences, including multiple charges of raping children under the age of 13, conspiring to incite children to sexual activity and conspiring, for sexual gratification, to cause the children to watch themselves or others engaging in sex acts.

Ann Clare, 40, of Saw Mill Close, Walsall, is also accused of similar conspiracy offences, as well as three counts of inciting a child under 13 to sexual activity and sexual touching of a boy.

Luke Baker, 20, of School Street, Walsall, is accused of two counts of raping a boy under 13, and two further charges of inciting a boy under 13 to sexual activity.

Gemma Watts, 39, of Hughes Road, Wednesbury, West Midlands, is charged with sexual assault of a girl under 13, and conspiring to incite a boy under 13 to engage in sexual activity.

All were conditionally bailed by district judge David Robinson to appear at Wolverhampton Crown Court on July 13, when they are set to enter pleas.

Meanwhile, 13 more people charged in connection with the same West Midlands Police investigation are due to appear at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.