Kieran Brown, 19, is scheduled to be tried next August - but a judge will try to have the case moved forward
A teenager has denied raping a younger girl on a high street and will stand trial next year.
Kieran Brown, 19, is accused of forcing himself on an underage girl on StokesleyHigh Street in 2017, when he was 17.
He is scheduled to be tried next August - but a judge will try to get the case moved forward as he said the current trial date was far too late.
On Thursday morning, Brown denied one charge of raping the girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, on September 23, 2017.
He also pleaded not guilty to a charge of sexual activity with a child, involving the same girl on the same date, at Teesside Crown Court .
His three-day trial has been provisionally set for August 17 next year.
Judge Stephen Ashurst bailed Brown, of Hebron Road, Stokesley, in the meantime.
He said: "The next hearing of your case, you having pleaded not guilty, will be a trial in front of a judge and jury.
"I'm told that the first date for a three-day trial to be heard by a jury in this court will be on August 17 of next year.
"I'm going to fix the date of August 17 as the provisional trial date but efforts will be made with the listing authorities to see whether a much earlier date can be achieved.
"It's a case that I'm going to keep under review to ensure that no one, either prosecution or defence, has to wait any longer than is absolutely necessary."