Former manager of Castle Howard estate Simon Howard to appear in court over child sex offences
Simon Howard has been charged with two child sex offences and is to appear in court, police and his family have confirmed.
The former manager of the Castle Howard estate is charged with the offences which date from 1984 when he was married to his first wife, and is to appear before Scarborough Magistrate's Court on Monday.
A statement released by the family said he denied the allegations in the "strongest possible terms".
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The family statement said Mr Howard had been charged with indecent assault and incitement to commit an act of gross indecency.
It continued: "Simon Howard's whole family are shocked by these allegations and are fully supportive of his confidence that he is innocent of all charges - which he denies in the strongest possible terms."
Howard managed the North Yorkshire estate - which is used as the setting in Brideshead Revisited and, more recently, Netflix's Bridgerton - from 1983 until 2015.
A brief statement released by North Yorkshire Police on Friday morning said: "A 65 year old man from the Malton area has been charged with two counts of Child Sex Offences.
"The man is due to appear at Scarborough Magistrates Court on Monday February, 15."
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