KIDSGROVE: Paul Bayley, aged 34, has denied a series of sexual assaults.
The defendant, of Gloucester Road, Kidsgrove, denied six charges of assault by penetration.
He also denies making 1,145 indecent photos of a child and possessing 62 indecent photos of a child.
His trial will be held at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court on a date yet to be decided.
Bayley's bail was extended in the meantime.
LONGTON: Sarah Mulvey pleaded guilty to arson being reckless as to whether life was endangered.
The defendant, of Millicent House, Locketts Lane, Longton, admitted damaging by fire a flat belonging to North Staffordshire Health Authority on October 6.
Mulvey will be sentenced at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court after a report is prepared on her by a probation officer.
She was remanded in custody.
HANLEY: Andrew Bates, aged 44, has denied assault by penetration and assault occasioning actual bodily harm on October 5.
Bates, formerly of Hanley, will have his trial at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court on February 18. He was remanded in custody.
BLURTON: Qasib Ali, aged 34, of Waterside Drive, Blurton, pleaded guilty to arson being reckless as to whether life was endangered. Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard Ali damaged a flat in Waterside Drive on October 9.
He was remanded in custody and will be sentenced on February 4.
LEEK: Detectives were today investigating a serious assault in which a man suffered severe burns.
The victim, who has not been identified, is believed to have been attacked in the Haregate area of Leek on Saturday night. It is understood he was also beaten with an iron bar.