POLICE have charged a man with abusing a young girl more than 20 years ago.
Mark Ryan is facing two charges of indecent assault.
The alleged offences date back to 1986 and 1987.
Ryan, of Avery Lane, Gosport, did not enter any pleas to the two charges when he appeared at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court.
The magistrates ruled that the allegations are so serious the case should be heard at the crown court.
The 40-year-old was released on bail until August when he is due to appear at Portsmouth Crown Court.
The magistrates ordered Ryan not to contact a number of people involved in the case including the alleged victim.