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ANON Jan 31st, 2015 @ 07:15 PM

1/2..Former sports coach jailed over sexual abuse of two teens…
“Colin Goggin fled to Spain after first victim came forward in 2007”…
A former sports coach has been jailed for three years for sexually abusing two teenage boys and for possession of a large amount of child pornography.
Colin Goggin (52) fled to Spain after his first victim came forward in 2007. He remained there for five years until he was returned to Ireland on a European arrest warrant. He later failed to show up for his trial before being caught and remanded in custody until sentencing.
Judge Martin Nolan called them serious offences and said it was Goggin’s involvement with athletics which gave him access to young victims.
He imposed three years for each of Goggin’s victims and two years for possession of the child pornography. All sentences are to run concurrently. Goggin thanked the judge before being led away.
Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard Goggin has held various jobs including work as a photographer and external sports coach with a south Dublin school.
He sexually assaulted one of his victims during a photo shoot in his house and abused the other boy while pretending to treat him for a sports injury.
After one victim came forward in 2007 gardaí searched his home and discovered about 2,000 images of child pornography. A large portion of his was graded by gardaí as being in the second most offensive category of child pornography on a scale of five. He also had 21 movie files which were in the second worst category.
Goggin, who has a former address of Beach Park Road, Foxrock, pleaded guilty to possession of the material at his home on March 19th, 2007. He also pleaded guilty to indecently or sexually assaulting two teenagers at his home between 1987 and 1994.

ANON Jan 31st, 2015 @ 07:13 PM

2/2...Sgt Colm O’Giollain told prosecuting counsel Roisin Lacey that Goggin met both victims through athletics. He asked one boy if he could take pictures of him.
The boy felt special because he thought Goggin was asking him to model for him. They went back to Goggin’s home and into a back bedroom where Goggin had his photography equipment set up.
Goggin told him to strip naked which the boy did despite feeling uncomfortable. He told him he would have to rub a special lotion on the boy for the photos. He then molested the boy while telling him to “think about a girl he likes”. He took some pictures then told the boy to turn around and continued to molest him.
The second victim was being trained by Goggin in athletics. One day when he complained of a sports injury, Goggin said he had a pill that he could put in the boy’s anus which would help. Goggin became forceful and said it had to be done. He onlt stopped when the boy screamed. The victim later told gardaí he never saw any pill.
During interview in 2007, before he went to Spain, Goggin denied ever abusing the first victim. He was never interviewed in relation to the second boy.
Defence counsel Sean Gillane said Goggin’s eventual guilty pleas were a relief to the victims and saved the State the “huge problems” that can arise during trials of old charges.
Counsel said Goggin was living rough in Athlone when last arrested and that this represented a “very very significant descent downwards in terms of his background, in material terms”.
He said Goggin has held a range of jobs including being retained as a photographer by a well know solicitor’s firm to take photos in personal injury cases. Jan 2015

ANON Jan 31st, 2015 @ 07:08 PM

1/2..Man jailed for sexual exploitation of 13-year-old sent hundreds of texts…
A man who sent photographs of his penis to a 13-year-old girl and asked her for sex has been jailed for 18 months.
Terence Weldredge (43) admitted carrying out the harassment, sexual exploitation and sending of menacing messages to the girl. Over a two-day period he attempted to contact her 273 times.
Weldredge of Castlekevin Road, Coolock pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to the three offences which occurred between September 2011 and January 2012.
The girl said in a victim impact report that Weldredge harassed her “24/7” and that she couldn’t sleep or concentrate at school because of him. She said she felt depressed and alone and was teased by her friends about the messages.
She described how she attempted to take her life but was saved when her brother walked in and found her.
Judge Mary Ellen Ring suspended the last 18 months of a three-year jail sentence on condition that Weldredge continue to attend psychotherapy or other services as directed by the Probation Services.
The court heard Weldredge also tried to take his life after being caught and that he suffers from mental health difficulties brought about by drug abuse. His defence counsel submitted that he has a low level of intelligence and is very remorseful about the harassment.
Garda Katie Flood told prosecuting counsel Cathleen Noctor that the child got a text from Weldredge in September 2011. He said he had found her number written on a bus and that he was 15-years-old. The two began texting and she sent him a full-clothed picture of herself at his request.

ANON Jan 31st, 2015 @ 07:07 PM

2/2..He began to ask her for phone sex and to send her pictures of his penis. He also sent her a photo of a man in a balaclava with a gun.
He told her he wanted to have sex with her and that he would buy her alcohol. He sent her a picture of a teddy bear and said “I love you” before asking her to “have his baby”. He was aware she was 13 at this time.
In January 2013, he sent her a picture of his face and the girl could see that he wasn’t a teenager.
She called him a liar and told him to stop texting her. Over the following two days he called or texted her 272 times. The contact only stopped when she went to gardaí and they took her phone.
Weldredge was arrested and made some admissions. However he said he believed the girl was around 20 and he couldn’t remember what he said to her because he was taking ecstasy at the time.
“I feel like I made a prick of myself, like a paedophile,” he told gardaí.
Defence counsel Una Ní Raifeartaigh SC said her client suffered institutional abuse when he was growing up and that this has affected him throughout his life. She said his drug and alcohol abuse was a consequence of this. She said he has limited intellectual and social capacity.
In suspending the 18 months Judge Ring noted the Weldredge’s co-operation with the Probation Services and his efforts to deal with his substance abuse issues. Jan 2015

ANON Jan 31st, 2015 @ 07:04 PM

John Haveron: Belfast man is jailed for indecent assaults…
A Belfast man found guilty of indecently assaulting two young girls more than 30 years ago has been jailed for two years.
John Haveron, 65, from Enfield Street, was found guilty of four counts of indecent assault against two children.
The abuse occurred on dates spanning November 1975 to January 1982.
Belfast Crown Court court heard that both of the victims were under the age of seven.
When Haveron was interviewed about the incidents, he denied anything sexual had occurred.
However, he was sent to trial and was subsequently convicted on four charges.
A prosecutor said that both victims were young children at the time, while Haveron was aged between 26 and 33.
A defence barrister said that in the intervening time, there had been no further allegations made against his client.
He said the offences were "not at the high end of sexual assault".
The court was told that since the case against Haveron came to court, his home had been ransacked, the windows of the property had been smashed and he had been threatened.
The defence lawyer also said his client had been advised on social media that "people are waiting for him in prison".
The judge asked the prison staff in court to warn the relevant authorities of the threat.
He handed Haveron a four year sentence, half of which will be spent in custody, with the remaining two years spent on supervised licence upon his release.
Jan 2015

ANON Jan 31st, 2015 @ 07:02 PM

Man guilty of raping boy at Lochaber nursery…
A man has been found guilty at the High Court in Glasgow of raping a young boy and of sexually abusing a girl from when she was 12 to 15 years old.
Mark Maclennan, 30, of Bath, was also found guilty of possessing and taking indecent images of children, something he had already admitted in court.
The boy, who was three, was raped at a nursery in the Lochaber area.
The girl was abused on numerous occasions in Stirling, Dunblane and Dunfermline.
He was also found guilty of having thousands of indecent images of children on a laptop that he donated to the nursery.
Maclennan was cleared of a charge of sexually abusing a girl at the nursery when she was aged between four and five. The jury found that charge against
During the trial a taped interview with the boy was played to the jury.
In the video recording the three-year-old was questioned by police officers about the incident and said: "Don't like Mark."
The rape happened sometime between 1 August 2012 and 23 May 2013.
The girl, who is now 19, said Maclennan touched her, on occasions, over a period of almost three years, including at a pantomime costume fitting. The abuse happened between October 2007 and July 2010.
Judge John Morris QC told Maclennan: "Given what you have been convicted of a prison sentence is almost inevitable."
He was remanded in custody and sentence was deferred until 27 February at the High Court in Edinburgh for background reports.
The jury of nine women and six men took 90 minutes to reach their verdicts.
Afterwards Judge Morris told them: "This has been a very unpleasant case for all those involved."
The police inquiry into Maclennan was sparked after the boy told his mother of an incident at nursery. It later emerged it had been a rape.
The three-year-old parents and friends cried and hugged as the verdict was given.
Jan 2015

ANON Jan 31st, 2015 @ 07:01 PM

Children's entertainer Mark Whincup jailed over child abuse images…
A children's entertainer has been jailed for two years after admitting charges relating to child abuse images and drug offences.
Mark Whincup, known as Magic Mark, of Rhos-on-Sea, in Conwy county, was also ordered to remain on the sex offenders register for 10 years.
The 50-year-old pleaded guilty to 20 charges at Mold Crown Court last month.
Judge Rhys Rowlands said Whincup's "depraved" behaviour had led to the loss of
Sentencing Whincup at Mold Crown Court, the judge also described one video, involving a 12-month-old baby, as "particularly distressing".
At the previous hearing, Whincup pleaded guilty to four charges of distributing indecent images of a child, nine charges of making indecent images of children, one charge of possessing 117 indecent images, and one charge of possessing 743 indecent movie images.
He also pleaded guilty to two charges involving possessing extreme images depicting sex acts between people and animals, and three charges of supplying the class A drug methamphetamine also known as crystal meth.
All the offences took place between January 2012 and July 2014.
Supt Gareth Evans of North Wales Police, who oversaw the investigation, said none of the images were obtained during the course of Whincup's work as a well-known children's entertainer across north Wales.
He added that work had been carried out to help "alleviate understandable concerns from local communities". Jan 2015

ANON Jan 31st, 2015 @ 07:00 PM

More claims against paedophile GP…
A GP and former police surgeon jailed for 12 years for "terrifying" sexual abuse against two teenage girls is set to face further allegations, a court has heard.
Dr Hugh Blaise O'Neill (61), of Tasburgh in Norfolk, had earlier admitted raping and sexually assaulting the two children and appeared at Norwich Crown Court for sentencing.
The court heard that his crimes represented a "fall from grace" for a respected member of the community who worked as a Norfolk Police surgeon during the 1980s and as GP for 37 years.
Prosecutor Andrew Jackson said that O'Neill will face a further 15 allegations relating to separate adult victims.
The indictment has not yet been put formally to him but the charges are likely to include indecent assault and he is understood to deny the claims.
Mr Jackson said the new counts relate to "sexual conduct while in a position of trust".
Referring to the counts he has admitted, Mr Jackson said the girls were aged under 14 at the time of the attacks and these counts do not relate to his role as a doctor. O'Neill's offending came to light after one of the now adult victims was prompted to contact police as a result of media coverage of high-profile sexual abuse cases, Mr Jackson added.
One of the victims said in a statement that she could no longer trust others and she regarded the abuse as her "terrible secret".
O'Neill pleaded guilty to two counts of rape and one count of gross indecency against one victim, and two counts of gross indecency against a second victim.
Sentencing him to 12 years in prison, Judge Anthony Bate said: "These offences reflect sustained sexual abuse." O'Neill has been suspended from his duties by local NHS managers. Jan 2015

ANON Jan 31st, 2015 @ 06:49 PM

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ANON Jan 30th, 2015 @ 12:53 PM

Second apology over Magdalene laundries urged…
Taoiseach Enda Kenny has been told to apologise to Magdalene laundry victims for a second time in just two years, after failing to live up to promises to women who were effectively forced into State “slavery”.
Opposition TDs insisted the step is needed during the second day of debate in the Dáil on what supports will be made available for women kept in the religious institutions without their consent.
Speaking during the second stage of the Redress for Women Resident in Certain Institutions Bill 2014, which outlines payments to those affected if they agree not to sue the State,and certain health services in some cases, politicians across the political divide criticised what is on offer.
They included Fianna Fáil mental health and special needs spokesperson Colm Keaveney, who insisted the failure to live up to expectations since Mr Kenny’s Dáil apology on February 19, 2013, means the Taoiseach must return to the chamber and beg Magdalene laundry survivors to forgive him.
“It took him 30 years to be man enough to apologise. The satisfaction these women had in receiving that apology is now turning to dust. It is incumbent on the Taoiseach to apologise again...” he said, adding the State and particularly the justice system “colluded” in what happened to these women.
Socialist TD Ruth Coppinger said there is a clear need to give the women, some of whom are suffering from lung cancer, what they deserve after taking their youth, and attacked the Government-backed McAleese report as a sub-standard investigation. The comments were echoed by Independent TDs Clare Daly, Catherine Murphy, and Maureen O’ Sullivan.
Reform Alliance leader Lucinda Creighton and Independent TD Peter Mathews said “we are all collectively responsible”.
The comments came as the Justice for Magdalene’s Research group said it is “still unclear” why the wording of the bill limits the number of services available to those affected through the HAA card effectively an enhanced medical card that was previously provided to victims of the Hepatitis C scandal.
The redress bill passed without a vote and is now set to be debated by the justice committee next Wednesday. Jan 2015

ANON Jan 30th, 2015 @ 12:52 PM

Abuse victims identified on select committee website…
Four survivors of child sex abuse say they have received threats and online abuse after MPs inadvertently published their details online.
Their names were placed on the Home Affairs Committee website, but removed the next day after they complained.
The document appeared among papers the committee released as part of its probe into how the Home Office has handled the issue of historical child abuse.
It was supplied by a member of the government-appointed abuse probe panel.
But in a statement, the panel said the document was supplied "without permission or knowledge" of seven of the eight members or the inquiry secretariat.
In a letter to Home Secretary Theresa May, the victims said they had been left feeling vulnerable and exposed.
They added that views expressed in the documents by some of the panel members had added to their distress.
BBC home affairs correspondent Tom Symonds said the row is the latest confrontation in a split between the groups preparing to take part in the abuse inquiry.
The home secretary is preparing to announce a new chairman and the entire format of the inquiry could be reformatted.
The names and contact details of victims were released online last week.
Several of those named are active on social media but the material also included the name of a woman who had not spoken out before publicly.
The Home Affairs Committee said: "The material included directions to panel members about how they should answer questions from the committee, as well as email exchanges between panel members about the panel's external communications strategy.
"These emails included the names of third parties who were not members of the panel. At the request of the individuals concerned, and of the panel secretariat, the material has been redacted to remove references to these individuals.Jan 2015

ANON Jan 29th, 2015 @ 01:12 PM

1/3. Ex-housemaster guilty of sex abuse…
A former housemaster at a prestigious Catholic private school has been found guilty of sexually abusing pupils.
David Lowe, 61, took advantage of the youngsters as they slept in their dormitory beds and during singing lessons at Westminster Cathedral Choir School.
He targeted 10 victims who cannot be named for legal reasons - leaving sweets and treats in the lockers of those who were part of his "special group".
A jury at London's Southwark Crown Court took nine and a half hours to find Lowe guilty of 15 counts of indecent assault on a boy aged under 14 years old.
Smartly-dressed Lowe stood in the dock and looked straight ahead without any change of expression as each verdict was announced.
Judge Martin Beddoe conditionally bailed Lowe, of Bristol, to next appear at the same court for sentencing on February 5.
This was so that the victims had the chance to come and see him jailed if they wished.
He noted that "for some of those who have had troubled lives since, it might provide some closure and assistance".
The judge told Lowe, who is now retired from teaching, that it was inevitable that "you will receive a sentence of imprisonment on the offences on which you now stand convicted."
The attacks, which took place between 1978 and 1984, were carried out against eight to 13-year-old boys.

ANON Jan 29th, 2015 @ 01:10 PM

2/2. Many of his victims studied at the £16,000-a- year choir school, while others were abused at the
Lowe invited the youngsters to his flat and "spanked" them when they had broken school rules.
He also crept into the vulnerable schoolboys' dormitory and intimately touched them while carrying out night time checks.
A former pupil told the court he was 10 years old when he was abused.
The inappropriate touching began as "massages" during piano lessons, but Lowe started to slide his hands into his trousers.
In 1981, one of Lowe's alleged victims complained about being repeatedly abused by him, and shortly afterwards the teacher left the prestigious school, Philip Bennetts QC, prosecuting, told the court.
However, it was not long before he started working at Ampleforth College, where he abused four of his 10 victims.
Jurors heard Lowe had a "small group of pupils that he was extra friendly with", and even invited a select few to his wedding.
One victim recalled Lowe inviting him to his room at the choir school and asking him to remove his trousers and lie across his lap.
The man told the trial: "He called me upstairs, and I remember thinking 'here we go again, I am going to get some more of this'.
"I remember he sat me down on the sofa, and he told me to take my pants and trousers off, which I duly did.
"Why I don't know, but kids do these things I guess."
The man described how Lowe fondled him for around half an hour, saying what happened in the music rooms had been "like a warm up act" .

ANON Jan 29th, 2015 @ 01:09 PM

3/3. Lowe then took the youngster to "buy tuck".
The victim said: "He pushed me to the front of the queue and he bought me some sweets or something. He leant down and said 'just remember, that's our little secret, ok'."
He said this memory was "crystal clear" and that he saw the gesture as "a sense of adult guilt".
"I knew that he knew that what we just did upstairs was not part of the school curriculum," the man added.
Another of Lowe's victims told police he remembered a time when he was drifting off to sleep in a top bunk in the dormitory when the housemaster struck.
He said: "I remember occasions when, as I was drifting off to sleep, the figure of David Lowe would appear by the bedside and without any conversation a hand would enter the bed and go under the cover, and would find its way to the private parts of my body, and would fumble around for a minute or two, I would expect.
"And then it would stop and the figure would disappear into the darkness."
One of Lowe's victims was only prompted to come forward after he received an email from the former teacher last year, after he had already been charged with a number of indecent assaults.
The man told police: "There was only one reason why this man would get in touch with me.
"It's not because he wanted to meet up and have a coffee and chat about life. It was because something had happened to him.
"He was the man that had abused not only me, but a number of pupils at the choir school."
The man said that Lowe "seemed to take any opportunity when he was on duty at night to be able to touch the boys under the duvet" Jan 2015

ANON Jan 29th, 2015 @ 12:42 PM

Inquiry set to exclude ‘thousands of victims’…
Tens of thousands of unmarried women and girls whose children are victims of serious human rights violations will be excluded from the upcoming mother and baby homes inquiry, it has been claimed.
The second Dáil debate on the terms of reference for the inquiry heard from both opposition and Government TDs, who called for the experience of all unmarried women and their children to be included in the terms of reference, rather than just those linked to the 14 named institutions.
Labour’s Anne Ferris became emotional when recounting her own experience as both an adopted person and a natural mother who had “her little girl taken from me”.
Ms Ferris said she could not vote in favour of the terms of reference as proposed by the Government, citing its prioritising certain institutions over others.
“There is no guarantee that a former child resident of an orphanage, or a mother who worked in a laundry under threat of hunger and violence, without pay, will get the opportunity to tell their story to anyone. This is not only deeply wrong, it is shortsighted,” she said.
Sinn Féin’s Mary Lou McDonald said there was a “stubborn refusal” to take the issue seriously by successive governments and described the terms of reference as a “missed opportunity”.
Tánaiste Joan Burton said that although the institution she was resident in before being herself adopted Temple Hill was excluded from the terms of reference, she was “confident that there will still be scope for stories from those institutions to be heard”.
Responding to calls for the terms to be widened, Children’s Minister James Reilly said the commission of inquiry could make any recommendations it considers appropriate in relation to matters that lie outside its specific remit.
However, he said the Government was satisfied that to characterise other institutions, such as orphanages, as mother and baby homes, would “dissipate the focus of the commission in a manner that would make an already mammoth task so dilute that the very answers we seek for those at the centre of this mothers and babies would be unachievable. Jan 29, 2015

ANON Jan 29th, 2015 @ 12:27 PM

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ANON Jan 28th, 2015 @ 12:02 PM

Mother and baby homes inquiry terms ‘fail to reference justice or redress’…
Natural mothers have hit out at the terms of the mother and baby home inquiry for failing to reference justice or redress for those affected.
The criticisms come in advance of the second debate on the issue to be held in the Dáil this evening. The Government is under mounting pressure to include Magdalene Laundries, private adoption agencies and a myriad of related institutions in the inquiry.
In a statement, the Irish First Mothers Group said the failure to mention justice or redress meant the Commission “fails the standard for such inquiries as identified in a 2014 UN human rights review which found that Irish inquiries and redress schemes failed to meet the UN standard for ‘thorough and effective investigations’”.
The group also hit out at the fact that, under section 19 of the Commissions of Investigations Act 2004, statements and documents given to the commission are inadmissable as evidence against a person in any criminal or other proceedings.
“There is no formal arrangement for prosecutors to act on or review evidential material as it emerges with a view to gathering testimony outside the ambit of the commission for worthwhile prosecutions.
Nor have any special Garda resources been allocated to support any such review or prosecutions,” it said.
The Department of Justice said the while the commission does not bring criminal charges or take prosecutions, if its reports reveal instances of criminality these will be referred to gardaí.
“The minister would also encourage any person with complaints relating to matters of a potentially criminal nature to report these concerns directly to the gardaí.
There is no requirement to await this commission’s consideration of such matters,” said a statement.
This advice comes despite adoption campaigners pointing out that tens of thousands of adopted people and natural parents have no legal right to copies of all material held, or not held in their adoption files, which may prove such illegality.
Meanwhile, an ebook entitled Adoptileaks was issued to all TDs and senators. Written by Paul Redmond of the Coalition of Mother and Baby Homes (CMABS), it examines over two decades of local government reports on mother and baby homes revealing infant mortality rates at multiples of the national rate.
The study shows that international comparisons found Ireland was far worse than Britain in its mortality rates for ‘illeg

ANON Jan 28th, 2015 @ 11:57 AM

1/3. After 75 years as a “citizen of nowhere,” Dublin-born man fights for his identity…
For 75 years Dublin-born Paul Graham was a “citizen of nowhere.” Born in a Protestant mother and child home (Bethany Home) for women who were considered “fallen,” he was adopted by an abusive Belfast family as a baby. For 75 years, neither Dublin nor Belfast recognized Graham as a citizen, essentially refusing to acknowledge he exists.
Graham joined the Navy and met his Belfast wife Hilary as a young adult. After fifteen years of service, they decided to move to Australia to start a family, as Belfast then was at the height of the Troubles. It was then that he found out he wasn’t a British citizen; and when he tried to find his birth mother, he found out he wasn’t an Irish citizen.
This was the ultimate insult after a childhood of institutional abuse. While a ten-year-old, Graham thought his life couldn’t get any worse after being subjected to maltreatment and physical abuse at the Bethany Home and his adoptive home. He fell victim to numerous accounts of rape at the hands of his Dublin boarding school principal.
“I was taken to a doctor who confirmed it, and nothing was done. They said I had encouraged it. It was all hushed up,” he told the Irish Mirror. “About two months after that, a friend of my mother’s did the same thing. Since that day, I hated life. I was getting beaten at home with sticks, life was just falling apart.”

ANON Jan 28th, 2015 @ 11:56 AM

2/3. “When I was about 10, my mother drank an awful lot, bottles of whiskey and things like that,” he said. “I’d be woken up at about five in the morning and told to got to town, which was a good three mile walk, and get a bottle of whiskey from this all night pub down by the docks.”Graham found solace in the Navy and stayed for fifteen years. He enjoyed drinking, smoking and fighting with the other men in the service. There he began corresponding via letters with the woman who’d become his wife of 57 years, Hilary.
“The first time I met her I asked her to marry me and we’ve been married for 57 years now,” he reminisced.
They had three children and were well-loved in their community of Sydney, Australia. Graham was even elected as Sydney’s Deputy Mayor, becoming the first non-Australian to be elected to the position. But his decision to move there proved to be life-changing in many ways.
“I never had a passport because in the Navy we had a seaman’s card and that was it. So I went to the passport office and the girl there said, ‘Well, you’re not a British citizen.’
“I said ‘What do you mean I mean I’m not a British citizen? I was born in Belfast, I was in the Navy for fifteen years.”
Though Graham enjoyed his time in the Navy, there he developed severe alcoholism. It was his desire for recovery that put him on the road toward finding his birth mother to trace his roots and solve his problems; in the process, he found he was a “citizen of nowhere”

ANON Jan 28th, 2015 @ 11:54 AM

3/3.“After starting the long journey to recovery it was suggested to me that I should look into my background, as this was one of the many problems I had. I contacted a solicitor in Ireland and instructed him to find my mother and what had happened.
“I never knew I was born in Dublin, as the papers I had showed that I was born in Belfast. I found my mother, but regretfully she had died just months before.
“She had seven sisters and I made a very emotional visit to Castlederg to visit one of them. That was a wonderful time in my life, as I discovered I had a family.”
During his search he found out that his birth name was Maurice Johnston. Graham traveled to Dublin to obtain a copy of his birth certificate and to see the Bethany Home in Rathgar where he was born.
“I applied for a visa to visit the US, but the passport office came back and told me that there was no record of a Paul Graham being born in Dublin nor was there any record of a Paul Graham being born in Belfast.”
“Eventually, we finally got the visa. I spoke to the Irish embassy about this and they said that as I had an Irish birth certificate it was legally possible to issue me a passport under my name of Maurice Johnston, however they said it could cause a lot of legal problems.”
While Graham was in Dublin he found a Bethany Home Survivors group, and today he campaigns for justice. for them. He told the Mirror that he now just wants to be recognized as a citizen of the country he loves. Wed 28 Jan 2015

ANON Jan 28th, 2015 @ 11:27 AM

Ten priests charged with child abuse in Spain…
Ten Spanish priests have been charged with child sexual abuse in a case which court documents show was brought after Pope Francis telephoned the victim to offer the church's apology.
The victim, now 24, wrote to the pope to say he had been molested when he was an altar boy.
In November, Spanish news site Religion Digital reported that the pope called the man last August to apologise, and Francis himself later confirmed this.
Francis also said in November that he had ordered an internal church investigation.
Archbishop of Granada Francisco Javier Martinez removed several priests linked to the case from their duties.
The Granada court said the victim claims the abuse began when he was 14 and lasted until he turned 17.
He said the perpetrators used a house they rented in a suburb of the city.
Earlier reports say the victim has maintained links with the Catholic Church, working as a teacher in a school run by the conservative Opus Dei organisation.
He has told civil authorities he believes other children were abused by the same group and that the ring's members also had sexual relations between themselves.
In April, Pope Francis promised a policy of zero tolerance for sexual abuse of children by clerics after church scandals erupted in several countries over the past 20 years.
However, groups representing victims say he has still not done enough.
The Vatican said last year it had defrocked about 850 priests between 2004 and 2013 after church courts found they had sexually abused minors. Wed 28 Jan 2015

ANON Jan 28th, 2015 @ 11:17 AM

St Gilbert's in Worcestershire: More pupils allege abuse at school…
More pupils have come forward alleging physical and sexual abuse at a Catholic reform school in Worcestershire.
St Gilbert's, in Hartlebury, was run by the De la Salle Order from 1945 until 1975.
There are now 19 cases of alleged abuse, which have been uncovered following a BBC investigation.28 Jan 2015

ANON Jan 28th, 2015 @ 11:16 AM

Teacher David Shanks had indecent images of children…
The head of musical development with Dumfries and Galloway Council has been placed on the sex offenders register for being in possession of indecent photographs of children.
Police found images on 55-year-old David Shanks' computer when they searched his home.
At Dumfries Sheriff Court, Shanks admitted being in possession of indecent images for almost seven years until February last year.
A plea of not guilty to taking, or permitting to be taken, or making indecent images at his home at Gallaberry, Annan, was accepted by the procurator fiscal.
The court was told that after receiving information the police went to Shanks' home with a warrant last February and found nearly 600 images, mainly of young males.Shanks is a former conductor of Annan Town Band.
The court heard that his job with the council included visiting various schools throughout the Dumfries and Galloway region and teaching children to play instruments.Sheriff Brian Mohan deferred sentence to 17 March.
Tuesday, Jan 2015

ANON Jan 28th, 2015 @ 11:15 AM

The new children's commissioner for Wales has been named as Prof Sally Holland, an academic from Cardiff University who specialises in family and child welfare…
Welsh ministers said she is "internationally acclaimed" for her work representing children's views through her research.
Prof Holland said she was "delighted and honoured" to have got the job.
She replaces Keith Towler, who is stepping down after seven years.
Prof Holland, director of the Cascade children's social research centre at Cardiff University, said: "Children and young people face new opportunities and challenges in contemporary society.
"I will work with the children and young people of Wales to ensure that their rights are safeguarded and promoted."
Communities Minister Lesley Griffiths said she was confident her "range of experience in social work and children's rights, and her proven commitment to empowering children and young people" would make her a "strong ambassador on their behalf".
Prof Holland is a campaigner for a ban on smacking children and a member of the pressure group Academics for Equal Protection.
The academic will earn between £90,000 and £95,000 a year when she takes up the post in April.
Mr Towler has spoken of his frustration at the delay in naming his successor, claiming the selection process was "less than perfect", and the short handover period was "not great". Jan 28 2015

ANON Jan 28th, 2015 @ 11:13 AM

Dublin man jailed for possession of child pornography…
A Dublin man who collected and exchanged sexually explicit images of boys as young as two years old has been sentenced to four years.
Lawyers for Craig Gardiner (63) said he downloaded the images in order to maintain relationships with people described as “friends”.
Gardiner, of Gibbons Terrace, Balbriggan, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of child pornography at Cyberzone café, Drogheda Street, Balbriggan on November 1st , 2010 and to three counts of distribution of child pornography between June and September 2010.
Judge Martin Nolan suspended the final two years of a four year prison sentence on condition that he undergo the supervision of the Probation Service for two years.
Gda Louisa Gernan told Colm O’Briain BL, prosecuting, that Gardiner’s offending came to light after an Internet café computer he was using became infected with a “suspicious” virus.
After his arrest, gardaí seized two mobile phones belonging to him. The phones were found to contain 755 images of child pornography. These included 39 images of boys of ages between two and 10 being abused by adults.
The court heard emails sent by Gardiner had attached 217 images of child pornography of a similar nature to the images found on his phones.
Gardiner, who has no previous convictions, briefly fled to Northern Ireland to avoid being arrested by gardaí, but later returned voluntarily.
Dominic McGinn SC, defending, told the court that Gardiner, who comes from Wales, has been estranged from his family since the 1970s when his father and siblings learned he is homosexual. His family did not tell him about his mother’s death until six months afterwards.
He moved to Ireland in the 1970s and began a 35-year relationship, the end of which coincided with the onset of serious health problems.
“It was perhaps those two catalysts that began his immersion into the dark world of the Internet and the crime of child pornography,” said Mr McGinn.
Describing Gardiner as naïve and lonely, counsel said that his client shared the images “to establish and maintain relationships with people”.
Judge Nolan said Gardiner must have realised that children were abused in the creation of the images, but accepted that he was in “a very lonely part of his life,” and that his distribution was “among what could be termed friends” and not for profit. He added that Gardiner was unlikely to reoffend. Jan 2015

ANON Jan 27th, 2015 @ 04:34 PM

1/2. Sex offender gets 10-year jail term for molesting boy, 14…
A convicted sex offender has been jailed for 10 years for molesting a 14-year-old boy in a Kerry town over two years ago.
John Prendiville, aged 49, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to sexually assaulting the child, who had been in a residential care at the time, on May 12, 2012.
The court heard that Prendiville’s 33 previous convictions include five for sexual assault and four for failing to notify gardaí under the Sex Offender’s Act.
He had just been released from Castlerea Prison, having served a six-year jail term for sex assault, when he took the teenager to his B&B and performed oral sex on him.
Mr Justice Paul Carney suspended the final two years of a 12-year prison sentence on condition Prendiville stay away from the victim and undergo 18 months of post-release supervision.
A local detective garda told Fiona Murphy, prosecuting, that the child had been out past curfew and was reported missing at 11.45pm by staff from the care centre.
The teenager was found 30 minutes later slumped against a door at the centre. He was drunk and said he had been sexually assaulted. It was reported to the gardaí and Prendiville was arrested the following day.
He told gardaí in interview he had got the bus into the town that day having been released from prison and had gone drinking. He met the teenager outside a pub and later bought him vodka while he drank pints of beer.
Prendiville then brought the teenager back to his B&B where he kissed him and performed oral sex on him. He said during interview, “I am very sorry over this, didn’t know he was 15, very very sorry”.
Prendiville later admitted to gardaí he knew the victim was underage and referred to him as “a kid” and “a young fella”.

ANON Jan 27th, 2015 @ 04:32 PM

2/2. A victim impact report from the teenager stated he felt very bad about what had happened and it stressed him out to think about it. He said he is wary of strangers, is more cautious and finds it hard to trust people. A report from his social worker stated he was a vulnerable child who has since been moved to a new care centre for his own safety.
The detective agreed with Anthony Sammon, defending that Prendiville’s last registered address was with the Salvation Army Hostel in Dublin. He accepted that his convictions for breaching the requirements of the Sex Offender’s Register arose because he was unable to provide a permanent address to gardaí.
Prendiville’s other sexual assault convictions relate to sexually assaulting a 14- year-old boy, a 16-year-old boy, and two 18 year-old men. He was jailed for six years for the sexual assault of the 16-year-old during which he held a knife to the victim’s throat.
In suspending the two years, Mr Justice Carney noted this was an inherently grave offence but that the evidence was that Prendiville’s guilty plea had been of benefit to the victim.
The judge said the aggravating factors were the nature of his previous convictions and his persistent violations under the act. Jan 2015

ANON Jan 27th, 2015 @ 04:29 PM

Chaplain admits child porn offences…
Stephen Talbot, 62, who was based at Cambridgeshire Police's headquarters, pleaded guilty at Cambridge Crown Court yesterday to 14 counts of making images, four of possessing images and one of perverting the course of justice, the force said. He resigned from his role on October 1 and was arrested the same day.
Detective Superintendent Gary Ridgway, head of the force's public protection unit, said: "Some images found on Talbot's computer were at the highest level and his deliberate act to destroy further evidence means we will never know the true extent of his offending.
"Safeguarding the most vulnerable in society is our priority, so making sure we stop those responsible for this type of crime, no matter who they are, is imperative.
"There has been an enormous breach of trust to those Talbot counselled in his role as a chaplain to the force and I welcome the guilty plea."
Talbot will be sentenced next month. Jan 2015

ANON Jan 25th, 2015 @ 10:48 AM

Nun who gave birth ‘had no idea’ she was pregnant…
A nun who complained of stomach pains shocked her fellow sisters when she gave birth to a baby boy and claims she had no idea she was pregnant.
The woman, who belonged to an all-female closed order in Macerata, Italy, was rushed to nearby Bartolomeo Eustachio di San Severino hospital after complaining of severe abdominal pain.
And the South American, who arrived in Italy in June, surprised her fellow nuns when she gave birth to a baby boy, Il Corriere Adriatico reports.
But her fellow sisters weren’t the only ones surprised: the nun claims she had ‘no idea’ she was pregnant either.
This is not the first time a nun has unexpectedly given birth.
Last year, a 33-year-old Salvadorean nun gave birth to a boy she named after Pope Francis. Jan 2015

ANON Jan 24th, 2015 @ 12:36 PM

1/2Sex assault Tory MP visited Kincora boys' home, claim retired detectives…
At least one Tory MP visited Kincora during the 1970s when it was riven with sexual abuse by staff of boys in their care, it has been claimed.
The allegation was made by two retired detectives who were part of a team which investigated the east Belfast boys' home in the 1980s and successfully prosecuted three members of staff for sexual abuse.
The names of the police officers are being withheld for security reasons. They are instead referred to as officers Smith and Jones.
Both are known to the Belfast Telegraph and we have established that they conducted the inquiry. Both are also willing to help any inquiry into Kincora either here or in England. They revealed that the MP died before they could arrange to interview him.
Officer Jones was the more senior of the two and did most of the interviews, while Officer Smith prepared files and conducted some interviews. They both said that none of the former Kincora residents they interviewed were taken out of the home for sex parties as has sometimes been claimed.
Officer Jones re