This is the Co Antrim teenager who has been accused of having sex with a 14-year-old girl.
Appearing in person at Antrim Magistrates Court, which sits in Ballymena, 19-year-old Craig Fullerton confirmed he was aware of the single charge against him.
The defendant, of Greenvale Terrace in Ballyclare, is accused of taking part in sexual activity involving penetration with a child under the age of 16 on November 2 last year.
Defense barrister Mark Farrell said that while the girl was 14 at the time of the alleged incident, Fullerton had “a reasonable belief that she was over the age of consent”.
Granting bail and returning the case to Antrim Crown Court on September 27, Deputy District Judge Peter Prenter extended legal aid to allow a senior QC to be instructed given the “substantial complex issues” in the case.