WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 22: A Smith’s parish man appeared in court today charged with inappropriately touching and having sex with a young girl.

The 64-year-old man who cannot be named for legal reasons was not required to enter pleas because the matters are indictable and must be heard in the Supreme Court.

He is accused of four charges of touching the girl’s private area while being in a position of trust between November 1, 2000 and December 31, 2008.

She was a person under the age of 16.

The defendant is also charged with having unlawful carnal knowledge with the girl who was under 14 between November 1, 2000 and November 1, 2003.

The court heard that the alleged abuse occurred from when the girl was four years old until she was roughly 14.

The matter was adjourned for a week and the defendant was given $25,000 bail.

Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner told him to not interfere with the complainant, witnesses or the process.