A Leighton Buzzard man is set to stand trial over allegations that he incited a child to engage in sexual activity.
Paul Ayers, 46, of North Street, appeared at Luton Magistrates Court on Thursday charged with five child offences.
Magistrates referred the case to Luton Crown Court for a preliminary hearing on December 8.
Mr Ayers– who was dressed in a grey suit, light blue shirt and dark blue tie– spoke only to confirm his name.
Between July 2013 and August 2014 Mr Ayers is alleged to have incited an underage teenager to engage in sexual activity.
He also faces three charges of possessing indecent images and videos of children.
The majority of these are said to be in the least serious category (426 images and 11 videos), but Mr Ayers is also alleged to have been in possession of 11 pictures and 8 videos which come under the most serious level.
Between November 2012 and March 2014 Mr Ayers was also allegedly involved in online discussions concerned with the distribution of indecent images.