A SEX offender has been warned he faces a long jail sentence after admitting rapes and making indecent images of children.

Diminutive pensioner James Boyles hobbled into Worcester Crown Court wearing a face mask and leaning on a stick to face 13 sexual offence charges.

The 69-year-old of William Tennant Way, Upton cut a frail figure as he shuffled, stoop-shouldered into the dock as one of his victims looked on from the public gallery.

The judge permitted him to sit down during the arraignment which is when the charges are formally put to the defendant - ordinarily the defendant must stand.

James Boyle admitted two counts of rape, one of attempted rape and one of sexual assault between September 25, 2004 and November 11, 2011. These offences all took place against the same victim who cannot be identified for legal reasons.

The pensioner, formerly of Evesham, further admitted voyeurism for the purposes of sexual gratification between October 17 and October 26, 2011. He pleaded guilty to making indecent photos/pseudo photographs of children between December 29, 2017 and April 11, 2019 - 25 still images at category A, the most serious level within the guidelines, and 11 at category B. He also pleaded guilty to possession of eight prohibited images between May 1, 2010 and April 11, 2019.

The pensioner admitted two further counts of making indecent photographs of children at category A between February 10, 2006 and April 11, 2019 (12 moving images and 11 still images at category A).

He admitted two counts of making indecent images at category B (two moving images and 11 still images) and one count of making 42 still images at category C.

Nicholas Berry, defending, said: "There's no written basis of plea."

The barrister asked the case to be adjourned for a pre-sentence report to be prepared by the probation service and to allow the prosecution to prepare an opening note.

He said his client was likely to receive 'a substantial custodial sentence'. Mr Berry said his client was 'not a well man'.

One of the complainants in the case has expressed a wish to read out her victim personal statement in court.

As a convicted sex offender Boyles must now sign the sex offender register and let police know his details, including his address, within three days.

Judge James Burbidge QC asked him if there was a school on his street and Boyles answered: "No, not within the same street. It's several streets away."

Judge Burbidge said he would sentence Boyles on August 25, setting aside an hour and twenty minutes for the hearing.

He suggested Boyles register as a sex offender at his nearest police station 'immediately' and said the adjournment was to look into reports regarding the defendant's 'multiple medical issues'.

The judge said: "The fact I am adjourning for that reason should not put in your mind that you will escape custody. These are serious offences and a substantial prison sentence is likely."