A CHILD sexual assault case has been sent to the higher courts for a plea and trial preparation case.

Vicky Butler, 32, has been charged with one count of being an offender 18 or over engaging in penetrative sexual activity with a girl aged 13 in Witney, not reasonably believing she was 16 or over.

It is alleged the offence happened between January 13, 2012 and September 14, 2019.

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Butler, of Little Hardings, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, appeared at Oxford Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday (March 12) for his first hearing.

The case was sent to Oxford Crown Court for a plea and trial preparation hearing which will taker place on April 11.

Butler has unconditional bail until his hearing next month.