A MAN who sexually abused two young girls over a five year period has been released on bail by a judge.

Christopher Bishop appeared at Swindon Crown Court where he admitted two counts of sexual activity with girls aged 12 or 13.

The 41-year-old, formerly from Malmesbury but now of no fixed address, also admitted causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

Bishop, who will now have to register as a sex offender, was warned that he could be facing the prospect of jail term.

He admitted sexual activity with the 13-year-old girl between mid July and September last year and inciting her to engage in a sex act on September 8.

He also admitted sexual activity with a girl between late November 2008 and the end of 2010 when she was aged 12 or 13.

On Friday Judge Douglas Field adjourned the case to September 12 and released Bishop on bail with conditions including no unsupervised contact with children under 13.

Ordering him to be released from the dock the judge said: "The fact that I am granting you bail should not be taken as any indication of the final outcome of your case."