A man has appeared in court accused of sexually assaulting two women – by jumping on their backs.
Colin Spence, 47, is also accused of asking women to help him by putting him on their backs.
He denied three charges when he appeared at Aberdeen Sheriff Court.
Spence is facing two charges of sexual assault and one breach of the peace.
The alleged offences are said to have taken place over a four-week period.
Spence is alleged to have sexually assaulted a woman on August 7 at the B9120 road at Laurencekirk by seizing her by the body “without invite”, and it is alleged he went on to “jump on her back”.
He is also accused of sexually assaulting a second woman on September 3 at the old Deeside Railway Line in Aberdeen by grabbing her by the body and climbing on her back.
Spence faces a further charge of breach of the peace. It is alleged that between August 7 and September 4 at various locations in the North-east, including a wooden walkway at Stonehaven Beach and the A92 Stonehaven to Inverbervie road, Spence conducted himself in a “disorderly manner”. Prosecutors claim he approached female members of the public he didn’t know and it is claimed he repeatedly fell to the ground.
It is alleged he went on to “present yourself as being injured”.
He is also accused of asking the women questions including “asking them to assist you by placing you on their backs”.
During his court hearing, defence agent for Spence, Mike Allan told Sheriff Margaret Hodge his client pleaded not guilty to the charges.
A pre-trial hearing was set for December.
Spence, whose address was given in court papers as Findon, Portlethen, will go on trial in January.