A SENTENCING date has been set for a man caught sexually messaging a young boy.

Robert Evans, 52, appeared at Oxford Magistrates' Court on Friday (February 23) charged with one count of engaging in sexual communication with a child.

He is accused of messaging a young boy, under the age of 16, on April 3 this year with a video of him masturbating.

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Evans is also accused of requesting videos from the young boy in return.

After his first hearing, the case was referred to Oxford Crown Court for sentencing.

Evans, of Hamilton Close, Banbury, is now due to appear at the higher court on Thursday, March 21 at 10.30am.

He could face a prison sentence or a face for the offence.