John Allen, 72, appeared at Caernarfon Crown Court and his trial is likely to take place this autumn
The former boss of a string of children’s homes in North Wales today denied 39 charges of historical child abuse.
John Allen, 72, was bailed by Judge Merfyn Hughes QC at Caernarfon Crown Court and there will be a review hearing next month.
A trial, which could last up to ten weeks, is likely to be in the autumn.
During a 50-minute hearing Allen pleaded not guilty in a firm voice as all the charges were put to him, 29 of them alleging indecent assault, and claimed to have happened between 1968 and 1991.
One indecent assault allegation mentions a boy aged four to five in October 1990, along with a girl of 12 in an offence which allegedly happened between 1980 and 1981.
Eleanor Laws QC, prosecuting, said there were 20 complainants in total.
When Allen last appeared in court 49 offences were referred to, but Miss Laws said the number had been “whittled down by ten”.
David Watson, defending, said a QC will defend in the trial.
The pensioner was arrested by officers from Operation Pallial, in which the National Crime Agency is probing allegations of historical child abuse in North Wales.
So far there have been 19 arrests, but Allen is the only suspect who has been charged.