A PENSIONER has appeared at the Isle of Wight Magistrates' Court today (Friday), charged with raping a girl under the age of 13.

John Rust, 79, of George Street, Ryde, was charged with one count of raping a girl under 13, between September 2015 and September 2016, and a further count of sexually assaulting a girl under 13, between January 2015 and June 2017.

He did not enter a plea.

The case was adjourned to the Isle of Wight Crown Court on February 24.

Mr Rust was released on bail until the hearing.

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