A 33-YEAR-OLD man has appeared before Blackburn magistrates charged with raping a 14 year old boy.

The court heard the defendant was alleged to have groomed the boy through social media before meeting him and raping him in a vehicle.

Adman Aslam, 33, of Arthur Street, Nelson, was sent in custody to Burnley Crown Court charged with rape and sexual grooming. He was remanded in custody to appear before the Crown Court on December 23.