THE VOICE STAR ON CHILD SEX CHARGES Tal­ent show singer ‘was sub­ject of two-year po­lice probe’

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A SINGER who ap­peared on TV tal­ent show was in court yes­ter­day charged with a string of child sex and voyeurism of­fences.

Jeff An­der­son, 25, first found fame tak­ing part in An­drew Lloyd Web­ber’s BBC show Je­sus Christ Su­per­star, where he landed the role of un­der­study for the lead role on the UK tour.

He ap­peared on the Beeb again in 2014 when he took part in The Voice.

But he failed to im­press the judges – Ricky Wil­son, Sir Tom Jones, Kylie Minogue and – and didn’t make it past the first stage.

An­der­son, of New­tow­nards, County Down, North­ern Ire­land, yes­ter­day ap­peared at Down­patrick Mag­is­trates’ Court to face 16 charges.

The court heard that charges were brought against him af­ter a two-year po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

An­der­son ap­peared in court in a bid to have bail con­di­tions changed so he could leave the UK for three weeks to look for work.

Dur­ing the hear­ing 16 charges were read to him, in­clud­ing the al­le­ga­tion of 15 sex­ual of­fences dat­ing be­tween 2005 and 2013, plus a charge that he stole a num­ber of pho­to­graphs.

The charges in­clude two al­leged in­ci­dents of in­de­cent as­sault on a sep­a­rate child; three al­leged in­ci­dents of pos­ses­sion of an in­de­cent pho­to­graph or pseu­dopho­togragh of a child; 10 al­leged in­ci­dents of record­ing with­out their con­sent and for the pur­poses of sex­ual grat­i­fi­ca­tion, a per­son do­ing a pri­vate act; and one charge of theft.

Bearded An­der­son con­firmed he un­der­stood the charges against him.

The po­lice op­posed his at­tempt to change bail con­di­tions.

An­der­son’s so­lic­i­tor, Paul Dougan, said his client was look­ing for court per­mis­sion to travel to the Re­pub­lic of Ire­land if nec­es­sary and if a job came up, with­out breach­ing his bail con­di­tions.

He has al­ready sur­ren­dered his pass­port.

The judge per­mit­ted the change of bail con­di­tions and warned An­der­son that fail­ing to com­ply with the or­der would leave him fac­ing be­ing re­manded in cus­tody.

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