A DUMBARTON pensioner has appeared in court charged with indecency offences against eight teenage girls.

James Sorley is accused of exposing himself in a sexual manner to the girls, who were all aged 13 or 14, at his home in Risk Street on one or more occasions between October 1, 2018 and February 16 this year.

He is further alleged to have intentionally performed a sex act in the presence of two of the girls on February 14 – Valentine’s Day.

The 69-year-old also faces a charge of supplying alcohol to seven of those eight girls, and to four other girls of the same age, between the same dates.

Mr Sorley’s solicitor, Brian McGuire, told a hearing at Dumbarton Sheriff Court on November 19 that his client was pleading not guilty to the 10 charges against him.

But Mr McGuire said his client suffered from health difficulties which might affect his ability to take part in a trial.

Continuing the case for further investigations, Sheriff William Gallacher said: “These charges are, on the face of it, extremely serious, and there are witnesses by the score – and many of them are vulnerable.”