June Comments 2016


ANON (spike9w@yahoo.com) Jun 30th, 2016 @ 11:31 AM

1/2...HIA: Kincora detective told to 'leave no stone unturned'…

A retired RUC detective has told the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry that when he started looking into events at Kincora Boys Home, the then Chief Constable Sir Jack Hermon told him to leave "no stone unturned".

Former Detective Chief Superintendent George Caskey was giving evidence at the ongoing hearing in Banbridge.

He led the Kincora Inquiries from 1980-1985.

Six people were imprisoned for sexual abuse as a result of his team's work.
Joseph Mains, Raymond Semple and William McGrath were jailed for abusing boys at Kincora.

George Caskey's statement to the Inquiry said that before he was brought in to examine Kincora, the Police had had "many potential missed opportunities to detect the offences which my team uncovered."

There have been claims that some within the RUC knew about the abuse years before it was formally investigated.

Mr Caskey retired in 1996 with 39 years experience as a policeman and detective.

The PSNI has made all the 26 boxes of material relating to his investigations into Kincora available to the Inquiry.

Mr Caskey said he believed his team could not have done more to ensure the victims of Kincora were able to speak freely and fully.

His team later investigated the allegations made of cover ups and involvement of the intelligence services with the abuse in the home.

He said he was never put under pressure not to question anyone, be they "leading politicians,

Orange Order members, churchmen, men engaged in homosexual activity in Belfast, men said to be interested in children."

ANON (spike9w@yahoo.com) Jun 30th, 2016 @ 11:28 AM

2/2...He told the inquiry that he did not find any evidence that an individual had tried to cover up what was happening in Kincora.

By cover up, he said he meant that they knew boys were being abused and did some act to try to hide it.

He also said he found no evidence of "prominent/establishment figures coming into Kincora to abuse boys or taking boys out for that purpose."

He concluded there was no evidence of some state-run operation to promote or facilitate sexual offences in Kincora for some intelligence gathering or other purpose.

He said this was born out by the evidence of the victims to whom he spoke.

He made the point that many allegations had been made by the former intelligence officer Colin Wallace, but that Mr Wallace had never really cooperated with his inquiry team.

Mr Wallace was in prison at the time for a crime for which he was later cleared and his conviction quashed.

Mr Caskey did say he regretted one loose end.

This was his attempt to interview Ian Cameron, the Assistant Secretary Political based at Army HQ in Lisburn, about reports on Kincora his army intelligence staff had provided for him.

Asking for that interview, he told the inquiry, had caused "all manner of issue" and was discussed and debated by many senior figures in the UK military, intelligence and legal establishment.

Answers to 30 questions he wished to put to Mr Cameron were later provided in writing by someone else.

Mr Caskey felt they told him what he needed to know, but he still wishes he had been granted the interview.

The Inquiry continues. 30 June 2016

ANON (spike9w@yahoo.com) Jun 30th, 2016 @ 11:04 AM

South Wales Police's response to child sex exploitation 'improves'…

Significant time and resources has been invested to improve a police force's response to child exploitation, a report has found.

Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary said children in the South Wales force area were being protected and safeguarded at an earlier stage.

But it still found "unnecessary delays" and said some exploitation risks are not being identified.

It follows a report last year which highlighted areas of concern.

Wendy Williams of HMIC said: "It is clear from our follow-up inspection that South Wales Police understands the improvements it needs to make in order to improve its children services.

"The senior leadership has made improving these services a priority, and the introduction of child advocates is evidence of that commitment, however there is still work to be done.

"I was pleased to see that the force has improved the standard of its child protection investigations, however it needs to reduce delays in obtaining specialist support."

She said the main area for improvement was "the reduction in unnecessarily detaining children".

"We recognise that the force needs to work with local authorities to achieve this result and the force has already demonstrated positive examples of joint working in other areas, which needs to be replicated here," she added.

Following on from a report in 2015, inspectors continued to find cases where risk was not identified and escalated appropriately or at the earliest opportunity.

The report raised concerns that too many children are being detained unnecessarily in police custody.

South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner Alun Michael said: "It is pleasing to see the report reflect the commitment from the chief constable and myself to continue to improve the way we and our partners protect children.

"I am particularly pleased that our child advocate partnership with Barnardo's Cymru has been recognised. It allows us to reach out to vulnerable children who are at risk of going missing and becoming a victim of child sexual exploitation."

He acknowledged more work needs to be carried out internally "and with local authorities and partners". 30 June 2016

ANON (spike9w@yahoo.com) Jun 29th, 2016 @ 12:08 PM

1/2...Sex abuse images of babies online…

Child sexual abuse images of infants up to three years of age were reported in Ireland last year.

The Irish internet safety watchdog, ISPAI (Internet Service Providers’ Association of Ireland), launched its annual Hotline.ie report yesterday.

A total of 327 cases of online child sexual abuse imagery were confirmed in Ireland last year.

This figure does not represent 327 individual cases, as one case can relate to a single website carrying thousands of images.

“Now, some people might say: ‘oh, 327, that doesn’t seem very much,’ but, remember, we deal with reports.

A report could be a whole website,” said Paul Durrant, chief executive of ISPAI, and manager of Hotline.ie, yesterday.

In 2015, 70% of the child-sexual abuse images and videos were of boys, 25% were of girls, and 5% depicted both genders.

In terms of the age profile, 92% of the illegal content was of prepubescent children between 4 and 13 years of age. Pubescent children made up 7% and 1% was of infants up to three years of age.

“The content that is most prolific, that gets reported to us, are the people who are prepubescent. What was really shocking, for our content analysts and also law enforcement, who are dealing with this after us, is that big area [of infants up to three-years-old].

How horrific is that?” said Mr Durrant.

Internationally, the Irish figures, in relation to the gender breakdown of child-sexual abuse images, vary greatly with other countries.

“Comparing us to Australia, Canada, Sweden and the UK, we can see that in the UK there was only 9% where the victims were boys.

Australia also 9%. Sweden picked up 18% and Canada nearly 20%. So it shows that there are considerable variations,” Mr Durrant said.

ANON (spike9w@yahoo.com) Jun 29th, 2016 @ 12:05 PM

2/2...Overall, ISPAI says it dealt with 3,153 reports of online child-abuse imagery in 2015 the second-largest number of reports received in a year, since its establishment in 1999.

The proportion of confirmed cases of child sexual abuse imagery to suspected cases was 4% higher last year, compared with 2014.

Members of the public and internet service providers can report any alleged illegal activity, or content, to Hotline.ie.

Of the 348 confirmed reports of illegal content last year, 21 of them did not contain child-sexual abuse material.

There were 19 reports that related to financial scams and two reports that confirmed the advertising of child-sex tourism.

“The number of reports, submitted to Hotline.ie, quoting financial scams as suspicious, remains low, despite the level of phishing, and other email scams, which prevail on the internet.

“56% of these reports were related to phishing activities purporting to be: Revenue,

Electric Ireland, Bank of Ireland, Apple Support, Microsoft Tech Support, donedeal.ie [cars for sale] and TotalJobs.com,” reads the ISPAI report.

Speaking yesterday, Junior Justice Minister David Stanton warned young people against sharing pictures over the internet.

“Sexting may also sometimes be associated with practices where minors are induced, or coerced, into sharing images or, indeed, producing ever-more extreme images.

“It must be made clear to children and young people that ‘think before you click’ is not just a catchphrase, but is vital to their safety and welfare.

“Above all, it must be remembered that, once an image is placed on the internet, all control over it is lost to the individual,” said Mr Stanton.

ANON (spike9w@yahoo.com) Jun 29th, 2016 @ 12:02 PM

1/2... Panel member quits 'doomed' Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry…

A key member of the Scottish Government's child abuse inquiry has resigned, saying it is "doomed" by government interference.

Psychology professor Michael Lamb said there had been "repeated threats" to the independence of the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry.

The major review is scheduled to last four years, but has been criticised by survivors of abuse.

The Scottish government said it "entirely rejects" Mr Lamb's comments.

The inquiry, which concerns historical allegations of child abuse in Scotland, will examine the extent of abuse of children in care, and identify any systemic failures.

It launched a formal call for evidence in March, but has already heard from some seriously ill or very elderly survivors.

Mr Lamb one of three members of the panel, alongside chairwoman Susan O'Brien QC and Glenn Houston - said the project had "noble and worthy goals", but that it was ultimately "doomed".

In a letter to Education Secretary John Swinney, he said: "It has become increasingly clear over the last nine months that the panel cannot act independently and that the Scottish government intends to continue interfering in ways large and small, directly and indirectly.

"Continuing interference threatens to prevent the inquiry from investigating thoroughly and taking robust evidence of the highest quality.

"Repeated threats to the inquiry's independence have undermined the panel's freedom and have doomed the inquiry before the first witness has been heard.

"The Scottish government has delayed or prevented the appointment of crucial members of staff for prolonged periods of time while its officials have questioned the decisions made by the supposedly independent inquiry."

ANON (spike9w@yahoo.com) Jun 29th, 2016 @ 12:00 PM

2/2...A spokesperson for the Scottish government said: "We entirely reject Prof Lamb's comments about the Scottish government.

"The Scottish government has a clear obligation to fulfil its responsibilities within the requirements of The Inquiries Act 2005 and other relevant legislation.

Our primary focus remains on supporting the successful operation of the independent statutory inquiry.

"Ministers are grateful to Prof Lamb for his work."

The government spokesperson added: "The deputy first minister has also written to survivors and their representatives about Prof Lamb's departure and assured them that his primary objective is to ensure that this does not impact on the progress that the independent inquiry has been making."

Survivors and their representatives are due to attend a ministerial meeting to discuss the progress of the inquiry and support for victims.

Angela Constance, who established the inquiry in 2015, said the inquiry would "aim to shine a light in the dark corners of the past, to shape how we respond in the present and guide how we go forward in the future."

Ms Constance was forced to defend the inquiry's remit after campaigners claimed institutions such as the Catholic Church and Boy Scouts could be "let off the hook" by its terms of reference.

ANON (spike9w@yahoo.com) Jun 28th, 2016 @ 11:08 AM

327 cases of online abuse of children last year…

Almost 330 cases of online child abuse were confirmed last year by the expert monitoring group Hotline.ie.

In its annual report, to be published today, the internet safety watchdog says it dealt with a total of 3,153 reports of online child abuse imagery the second-largest number of reports received in a year since its establishment in 1999.

Despite a 35% decrease in overall reporting when compared to 2014, the proportion of confirmed cases of child sexual abuse imagery to suspected cases reported was 4% higher last year.

Of the 327 confirmed cases, 70% of the content assessed depicted boys. Hotline.ie says it has seen a constant increase in child abuse imagery depicting boys over the past three years.

Some 70% of the content it assessed in 2015 featured boys compared to 44% in 2013 and 42% in 2014.

While international figures for 2015 have not yet been published, historically the content depicting boys has been around 15%.

Hotline.ie says there is no explanation for such a high level being reported here other than the sheer volume of specific sites that are being reported constantly and which are captured statistically as a result.

The report notes that Ireland continues to remain virtually free of hosting child sex abuse imagery. There was one report of child abuse imagery hosted here last year and only 28 since 1999.

Hotline.ie forwarded 146 reports of child sex abuse imagery to eight Hotline counterparts around the world and three more to the China and Singapore through law-enforcement channels.

ANON (spike9w@yahoo.com) Jun 27th, 2016 @ 04:21 PM

Paedophile Information Exchange member Douglas Slade guilty of abuse…

A member of the Paedophile Information Exchange, dubbed one of the "vilest men in Britain", has been convicted of 13 child abuse offences.

Douglas Slade, 75, was arrested in the Philippines in 2015 and deported back to the UK to face 13 charges relating to the abuse of five boys.

Slade was found guilty at Bristol Crown Court of six serious sexual offences and seven counts of indecent assault.

The crimes took place between 1965 and 1980.

Another man, Christopher Skeaping, 72, formerly of Hounslow in London, was found guilty of one charge of indecent assault dating back to 1980.

Slade was an early member of the notorious pro-paedophile group PIE which was set up in 1975.

The BBC spoke to one of Slade's victims, who met him in 1980 when he was 15 years old.

He was repeatedly raped and offered to other men during visits to Slade's Bristol home.

"I was in a desperate situation at home," the survivor said.

"I was looking for somewhere that would be a refuge for me."

Slade's history of paedophilia was exposed in the Sunday People where he was named as one of the "vilest men in Britain".

Det Sgt Paul Melton, from Avon and Somerset Police, said Slade "was one of the main instigators" of the group, running a helpline for paedophiles from his parents' home.

"It was a network of people who abused children and handed children between men in order that they could abuse them."

Sentencing will take place at Bristol Crown Court on Friday.

ANON (spike9w@yahoo.com) Jun 27th, 2016 @ 11:11 AM

1/2...Galway sexual abuse unit treated three one- year-old children …

Average age of children seen last year was seven, Dr Joanne Nelson tells conference

Dr Joanne Nelson: “We are chasing best practice and we have a very long way to go,” she told conference in Sligo on responding to children who disclose sexual abuse.

Three children who attended a child sexual abuse unit in Galway last year were just one year old, a conference on responding to children who disclose sexual abuse has been told.

The average age of the 73 children seen at the unit last year was seven, Dr Joanne Nelson, consultant paediatrician and clinical director of the Galway child and adolescent sexual assault treatment service, told the conference in Sligo on Friday.

The most common age for a child presenting for examination was four, and the oldest child was 16.

Two-thirds female Data from the unit, which is the only one in the country with a 24-hour service, shows two-thirds of those attending were female and most were referred by Gardaí.

They came from Galway, Clare, Donegal, Limerick, Mayo, Roscommon, Westmeath, Offaly, Laois and Longford.

Dr Nelson said Galway had one forensic room, shared with adult services, and three examiners on a one-in-three rota, in addition to the hospital rotas.

She said the service offered in Dublin involved two paediatricians, who examine children during in-hours and who have one clinic a fortnight each.

“Come a weekend, if they are not on call, there is no service within Dublin,” she said.

ANON (spike9w@yahoo.com) Jun 27th, 2016 @ 11:08 AM

2/2...There is one paediatrician in Cavan, who sees about 10 patients a year and there are three busy general paediatricians in Cork on an acute rota, who may or may not be able to help, Dr Nelson said.

There is also one part-time paediatrician in Waterford, working in-hours.

She wanted to see three specialised centres with 24-hour services and a system where a service could be received locally, in a scheduled fashion.

This would mean children “did not have to travel for four hours from Donegal to Galway to be examined and vomit in the car”.

“We are chasing best practice and we have a very long way to go,” she said.

The need for co-operation among professionals working in the area of child sexual abuse was emphasised by speakers, as well as the need to prevent multiple interviews, by various agencies, of children who allege sexual abuse.

Det Supt Declan Daly said there would be a more robust interagency approach in future.

A joint specialist interviewing committee had been established with Tusla and Gardaí, he said, and a national protocol for specialist interviewing would be developed.

Family law barrister Natalie McDonnell said children had a right to have the best possible evidence placed before a court charged with making decisions about them.
Consultant clinical psychologist Dr Maeve Mangaoang said children with disabilities were three times more likely to be abused than other children.

The conference, “Getting it Right”, was organised by Tigala, an agency for court-appointed, guardians ad litem, ie guardians appointed to act on behalf of a child not considered capable of representing themselves.

ANON (spike9w@yahoo.com) Jun 27th, 2016 @ 11:04 AM

1/1...Enda Kenny ‘must intervene’ as abuse probe delayed…

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has been called upon to intervene directly to explain the “shocking” delay to a commission of investigation into the sexual abuse at a foster home in Waterford.

A scoping report into the abuse allegations relating to the foster home was due back last month, but will not now be delivered until the day after the Dáil rises for the summer break in July.

Following a series of Irish Examiner reports this year, the previous government announced that a commission would be established to examine allegations.

However, it has now emerged that it will be autumn at least before the commission is formally established, as the HSE has sought more time to respond to a preliminary report.

The previous government relented to mounting pressure after this newspaper’s reports, which centred on the neglect and abuse of a woman given the name Grace, revealing that she was left in the home until 2009, 16 years after abuse allegations first surfaced.

Speaking to the Irish Examiner, Oireachtas finance committee chairman John McGuinness, who drove the bid to expose the abuse scandal, called on the Taoiseach to intervene to establish the commission as soon as possible.

“I am amazed, shocked, and disappointed at the news that this is going to be delayed,” he said.

“After so long, it is disappointing that this is being kicked to touch.

The Taoiseach now has to do something about this; he has to intervene.”

ANON (spike9w@yahoo.com) Jun 27th, 2016 @ 11:01 AM

2/2...At the weekend, former junior health minister and Labour TD Kathleen Lynch expressed her concern at the “disturbing” delay.

Last December, Ms Lynch appointed senior counsel Conor Dignam to conduct a scoping report of available information about the foster home and its relationship with the 47 former residents who were sent there between the early 1980s and 2013.

Among the documents under his consideration are two HSE-sponsored reports the 2012 Conal Devine Report and the 2015 Transparency Ireland Report neither of which have been published.

This is because the abuse allegations are under Garda investigation and the HSE has insisted it wants to see the reports in the public domain, but it must adhere to the Garda request.

It is understood that Mr Dignam submitted a draft report three weeks ago, but the HSE sought an extension to respond, so the full report is not due back until July 22, the day after the Dáil rises for the summer recess.

In a statement, the HSE said: “We were given a draft report to consider in terms of factual accuracy.

This would involve us talking to quite a few staff in different parts of the country.”

The minister responsible for overseeing this matter, Finian McGrath, was not in a position to comment, but is known to be somewhat frustrated at the lack of progress.

The matter will not now go to Cabinet this week.

Our reports revealed how, following a letter from the foster father to the minister of health in 1996, a decision to remove Grace from the foster home was overturned and she remained in the home until 2009.

ANON (spike9w@yahoo.com) Jun 24th, 2016 @ 08:18 PM

Paedophile father is jailed for abusing his own nephew for years…

A man who subjected his young nephew to a "campaign of sexual violence" has been handed a 15-year sentence.

Telling the 49-year old pervert that he abused his position of trust "in the most appalling way",

Judge Donna McColgan informed the father-of-three he would spend 12 years of the sentence in prison, followed by a three-year probation order.

The man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of his victim, was found guilty by a jury earlier this year of sexually abusing his nephew in the 1990s.

His young victim was just six when the abuse began, and it continued until he was 13.
Despite the conviction, the paedophile continues to deny the offences occurred and maintains he is innocent.

He has already lodged an appeal against his conviction.

During the sentencing hearing at Belfast Crown Court, Judge McColgan said the pervert's offending has had a "profound" effect on the victim.

During the trial, the jury was told the offences which happened between October 1990 and October 1998 - occurred in the victim's grandparents' home in north Down.

The defendant, who still lived at home, abused his sister's son in his bedroom in a household that the Crown said should have been where the victim felt "safe, secure and looked after".

The Crown added that a "wide range of offending" occurred, with the victim subjected to years of indignities and humiliation at his uncle's hands.

The abuse took place when the man was aged between 23 and 31.

When the nephew finally broke his silence and reported the matter to police in October 2013, the now 34-year-old told officers that from as early as he could remember, his uncle abused him on a regular basis.

He also said that he feared telling anyone because he thought he would be taken into care.

When the uncle was arrested by police following his nephew's allegations, he made the case there was no sexual impropriety whatsoever.

Judge McColgan told the man he had displayed "no sense of victim empathy or remorse" and branded his offending as a "campaign of sexual violence" against his nephew which consisted of "persistent and sustained abuse".

ANON (spike9w@yahoo.com) Jun 23rd, 2016 @ 05:07 PM

Dad Who Raped Daughter: 'Was Fun While It Lasted'…

A father in Australia has been jailed for 22-and-a-half years for repeatedly raping his daughter and offering her to strangers to abuse.

The man, who cannot be named to protect the child's identity, admitted committing 61 offences between 2013 and 2015.

The girl, who lived with her father after her parents separated, was aged between 11 and 13 at the time.

The 42-year-old father also arranged for six other men, whom he met online, to have sex with her while he watched or participated.

The West Australian District Court in Perth heard that after his arrest he told police that while he had regrets about what he had done, "it was fun while it lasted".

On one occasion when the father and another man were filming an attack, the girl was shown shackled to a bed, wearing a dog collar with the word 'bitch' on it, the West Australian newspaper reported.

In the footage, the girl could be seen struggling against the restraints and pleading "stop, please Dad", it said.

Prosecutor Justin Whalley described the case as one of the worst of its kind to come before the courts in Western Australia.

The paedophile ring was smashed last year after a tip-off from the public.

Sentencing the father on Thursday, Judge Philip Eaton said the abuse would likely have "lasting and irreparable consequences" for the girl.

"You completely disregarded her welfare," he said.

"I have no doubt that you derived perverse sexual enjoyment while doing so."

One of the other men involved, a church pastor, was sentenced to 10 years in prison last November.

Two other men have also been jailed with three more still before the courts.

23 June 2016

ANON (spike9w@yahoo.com) Jun 23rd, 2016 @ 12:35 PM

Catholic League head says abuse victim groups want to “rape” Catholic Church…

New York’s state legislatures ended their 2016 session at the weekend without acting on new legislation to help survivors of child sex abuse.

Responding to the news, Catholic League spokesperson Bill Donohue was jubilant, writing on his website: “The bill was sold as justice for the victims of sexual abuse, when, in fact, it was a sham: the proposed legislation that failed to make it to the floor of the New York State legislature in the wee hours of Saturday was a vindictive bill pushed by lawyers and activists out to rape the Catholic Church.”

Critics have called Donohue’s language appallingly insensitive, given the international scope of the child sex abuse crisis in the church, but the outspoken lobbyist was taking no prisoners.

“If the statute of limitations were lifted on offenses involving the sexual abuse of minors, the only winners would be greedy and bigoted lawyers out to line their pockets in a rash of settlements,” Donohue continued.

“The big losers would be the poor, about whom the attorneys and activists care little: When money is funneled from parishioners to lawyers, services to the needy suffer.

The Catholic League is proud of its role in this victory.”

Victims and advocates had hoped for a last minute miracle from legislators but it was not to be.

The bill moved through committee but never emerged from it.

Responding to the failure to take action Gary Greenberg, an upstate investor who was sexually abused as a child, told the Daily News that survivors won't forget who let the bill die when every seat in the Legislature is up for election in November.

"Our elected officials chose predators over victims,” he told the press.

Sponsored by Assemblywoman Margaret Markey the proposed bill would have increased the time a sexual abuse claim can be brought by five years, as well as opening a six-month window to revive old cases, treating public and private entities in the same way when it comes to sex abuse cases.

Under current law a victim of child sex abuse has to file a lawsuit or seek a criminal case before they reach their 23rd birthday. Critics argue that it can take much longer to contend with the damage and decide to pursue justice, however.

ANON (spike9w@yahoo.com) Jun 23rd, 2016 @ 12:31 PM

1/2...Man who groomed and had sex with vulnerable teen is jailed for two years…
A man who pleaded guilty to sexually grooming and having sex with a vulnerable 13-year-old girl when she lived in a children's home was jailed for two years at the Crown Court in Londonderry yesterday.

Bernard Cooke (23), whose address was given as Maghaberry Prison, committed the offences in October 2014, the same month when he was served with a Harbourer's Notice by the police warning him not to have any contact with the girl, who was named on court papers as "Z".

Cooke has also been banned from having unapproved contact with any child under 16, unless unavoidable or inadvertent, and banned from entering the curtilage, grounds or buildings of any residential children's home in Northern Ireland.

Those orders, as well as a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO), will remain in force for 10 years.

Judge Philip Babington said he was satisfied that it was necessary to make a SOPO for the purpose of protecting the public or particular members of the public from serious sexual harm from Cooke.

The defendant had 30 previous criminal convictions, one of them for administering poison to a prison officer.

He was arrested at 11.30pm on October 8, 2014, when staff in the children's home informed the police Cooke was in the girl's room.

The police entered the room and found the teenager in bed. They found Cooke hiding behind a door in the adjoining en-suite area. He was fully clothed.

The girl was medically examined and forensic samples were taken.

ANON (spike9w@yahoo.com) Jun 23rd, 2016 @ 12:29 PM

2/2...An analysis of the samples confirmed the presence of Cooke's semen and the girl told the doctor she had had sexual intercourse with Cooke on one occasion.

The grooming charge related to Cooke sending text messages to the girl who replied to one of his texts "I want to go steady".

Judge Babington said Cooke's offending had escalated in its seriousness, though he had no previous convictions of a sexual nature.

"There is no doubt to my mind that he has been properly assessed as presenting at a high likelihood of future and general reoffending," he said.

"Furthermore, his behaviour in coming to the children's home following the serving of a Harbourer's Notice is very concerning. It is probably fair to say that staff and police arrived just in time before further offending might have been committed," Judge Babington added.

"Of concern to the court is an eight-and-a-half-year age difference between Z and the defendant.

"It is difficult to know whether there was any harm to Z as she has not made any statement nor is there any victim impact report.

She was only 13 and it is only fair to assume that there must have been some harm, although it is safe to probably assume that it is minimal," Judge Babington said.

Judge Babington told Cooke: "You are prohibited from having any contact or communication with any child under 16 years, other than such as is inadvertent and not reasonably avoidable in the course of lawful daily life unless with prior approval of your designated risk manager and social services in writing.

"You are prohibited from denying police entry to your home when their purpose is to enforce the SOPO conditions.

I am satisfied that the SOPO should remain in force for a period of 10 years, being the same as the notification provisions."

ANON (spike9w@yahoo.com) Jun 23rd, 2016 @ 12:26 PM

Paedophile who got his 15-year-old victim pregnant handed six-year prison sentence…

A "persistent paedophile" who got his 15-year-old victim pregnant has been sentenced to six years for sexual and violent offences against the girl.

Kenneth Rutherford will serve half his sentence in prison and half on supervised licence upon his release, after he admitted a string of charges linked to the girl.

Rutherford, from Derrycarne Road in Portadown, pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting her over a period spanning January 2006 to October 2007, assaulting her and breaking her ribs, and causing her to fear violence.

Belfast Crown Court heard that 49-year old Rutherford embarked on a sexual relationship with the then 14-year old, which resulted in her becoming pregnant aged 15.

At a previous hearing, the court was told by Crown prosecutor Kate McKay that Rutherford and the girl met through friends, and at that point he said he was 22 - but he was almost 40.

While she initially told him she was 18, it soon became clear she was underage - but he continued the relationship with her regardless.

Mrs McKay said that when the girl became pregnant with his child in September 2006, Rutherford "behaved towards her in a threatening manner, causing her to fear violence throughout that period, and in fact most of their relationship."

Mrs McKay said the victim, who is now 25, is "still very much suffering from the residue of this toxic relationship with this much older man".Judge Kerr branded

Rutherford a "persistent paedophile," and during yesterday's sentencing he said that after reading a probation report on Rutherford it was "absolutely clear that this defendant considers he is not fully responsible, and continues to blame his victim.

"As well as being handed a six-year sentence, Rutherford was also placed on the Sex Offenders Register for life, and was made the subject of a 10-year Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO).

ANON (spike9w@yahoo.com) Jun 23rd, 2016 @ 11:38 AM

Power of Irish Church ‘partly explains scandals’ …

Little resistance offered by Irish Constitution to ongoing secularisation, says law Prof.

The power enjoyed by Catholic Church in Ireland was responsible in part for the scandals that have emerged in recent years, a conference in Trinity College Dublin has heard.

Referrring to the 19th century Catholic historian Lord Acton, Professor of Law Gerry Whyte recalled his dictum “that power tends to corrupt and absolute power to corrupt absolutely”.

Prof White noted Lord Acton was referring specifically to the Catholic Church.

“As we look at what happened the Church in Ireland in the aftermath of the clerical sex abuse cases I think we could say that Acton’s dictum was borne out to a greater or lesser extent.

“The power that the church enjoyed is a part of the explanation for the dreadful things that happened.”

Prof Whyte was taking part in a conference organised by Trinity’s Loyola Institute on ‘The Role of Church in a Pluralist Societry: Good Riddance or Good Influence?’

Referring to the use of laws to enforce religious observance, he said: “In my personal opinion Irish experience showed that state support for denominational education failed at the very basic level of ensuring that Catholics had a proper understanding of the tenets of their religion.

From a faith perspective I don’t believe that this model of the church was effective as witnessed by the very dramatic change in attitude towards Catholicism in this country.

“In terms of the theme of today’s conference I say good riddance to that particular model. In contrast, in my opinion, religion is most effective when it is prophetic and where people of faith lead by example.
I think, in the context of the growing secularisation of Irish society, there may be greater potential in time, for this model of church to be a good influence on society.”

Speakers at the conference include the Archbishop of Munich and Freising, Cardinal Reinhard Marx, one of the nine members of the Council of Cardinals which advises Pope Francis.

ANON (spike9w@yahoo.com) Jun 21st, 2016 @ 12:55 PM

1/2...Allegations of a gay subculture rock Maynooth, Ireland’s top seminary …

Ireland’s national seminary, St. Patrick's College in Maynooth, has strongly denied its president’s just announced sabbatical is in any way connected to recent anonymous claims of a gay subculture in the Catholic seminary.

A statement published on the college's website last week that said Monsignor Hugh Connolly “has advised the staff of his plans to take sabbatical leave for the academic year 2016-2017,” raised eyebrows because it coincides with the last year of his tenure as president of the national seminary, which currently has more than 60 men studying for the priesthood.

The statement continued, explaining that Connolly would remain as president until the completion of his term in the summer of 2017 and he would continue to exercise certain administrative duties throughout the year.

Connolly’s departure comes in the wake of controversial allegations made about life in the seminary.

The Irish Catholic reported that an anonymous source had claimed in a letter to college authorities last year that some seminarians had been guilty of misconduct of a homosexual nature.

College authorities indicated that they could not act on allegations made by someone who would not publicly support them, however.

Meanwhile a number of student priests were reportedly asked to take time out of the seminary studies last year because they were judged to be “too conservative” even for the buttoned down atmosphere of the seminary, an allegation college authorities have denied.

Maynooth vice-president Father Michael Mullaney will reportedly serve as acting-president and assume day-to-day responsibility for running the college in the interim.

ANON (spike9w@yahoo.com) Jun 21st, 2016 @ 12:52 PM

2/2...Bishop Pat Buckley, an outspoken rebel cleric who was excommunicated in 1998, told the press that the timing of Connolly’s departure tells a story in itself. "This sabbatical comes as the Maynooth gay scandal rages,” he told the press.

"Why not finish the last year of his term and then take the sabbatical at the natural juncture of leaving the presidency and going back to teach?"

Buckley, who is openly gay, compared the departure of Connolly with a recent story in The Irish Catholic, which said a letter making allegations of inappropriate behavior by some seminarians in Maynooth had been sent to the Irish bishops and that St.

Patrick's College was investigating the matter.

In his blog, Bishop Buckley claimed the national seminary in Maynooth, like the Irish College in Rome, "have been in deep trouble for decades mainly due to the homosexual subculture that exists in both places.”

Buckley has railed against what he calls the hypocrisy of the church’s public teachings on the issue, considering what some of its clerics do in private.

“Other priests have married women or entered civil partnerships with men. But they’d all left the church beforehand none continued with their ministry. I’ve been battling against the Catholic church as an institution for 25 years.

I’m old and wise enough not to lose sleep worrying over what the hierarchy thinks,” he previously told The Sunday Tribune.

A previous head of the Maynooth seminary, Monsignor Michael Ledwith, resigned in 1994 six months before his term of office was due to end. Allegations of the sexual abuse of a minor male were made shortly after his resignation.

The Ferns Report, an official Irish government inquiry into the allegations of clerical sexual abuse, was highly critical of Ledwith's behaviour after the allegations came to light, stating that "as with many other priests accused of child abuse" Ledwith "attacked the (legal) process rather than facing any charges.”

ANON (spike9w@yahoo.com) Jun 21st, 2016 @ 12:49 PM

1/2...Over half of victims were told not to tell of sex abuse…

A review of children’s files at one of the country’s main sexual abuse assessment units shows that in more than half of all cases, the children had been told not to tell of the abuse.

The research also highlighted some other themes linked to the abuse, with the review showing parental domestic abuse was a factor in 35% of cases, that the alleged perpetrator of the abuse was aged under 20 in 41% of cases, and that the abuse began for children aged between five and 12 in more than half of all cases reviewed. In more than 17% of cases, the abuse began when the child was aged four or under.

The research will form the basis for a presentation by one of the authors at a major conference on disclosure and child sex abuse to be held on Friday in Sligo.

The review of 80 children’s files was conducted by Dr Rosaleen McElvaney and Aisling Costello of Dublin City University and Dr Rhonda Turner of Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children. It shows abuse by another family member was present in 62.5% of cases, while extrafamilial abuse was a feature in 35% of cases.

Almost three quarters of children still confined the secret to a small group even when the abuse was disclosed, with 65% saying they had difficulty in talking about it and 64% stating they felt shame, while 61% said they did not want to upset others.

Some 55% said they were told not to tell, while 41% said they thought they might be in trouble if they spoke about it.

There was a huge amount of distress caused by the abuse, and in more than 71% of cases the victim had either tried to stop the abuse or had tried on a previous occasion to tell someone about it.

ANON (spike9w@yahoo.com) Jun 21st, 2016 @ 12:47 PM

2/2...As for confiding, 41% told a parent and 38% used the support of a teacher or a counsellor.

Dr McElvaney, the programme chair of the doctorate in psychotherapy at the school of nursing and human sciences in DCU, is among the speakers at the conference.

She said the data highlighted how more needs to be done to create an atmosphere and environment that encourages children to disclose if they have been abused.

“The State can raise awareness, of the extent of it, how common it is, and what are the behaviours associated with it,” she said.

“At school level and in community groups we need to make sure staff are comfortable and open to the possibility that abuse has occurred.

Within families, we need to give children the opportunities to ask them and to create an atmosphere that they will tell if there is something wrong in their lives.”

The research, funded by BASPCAN, the Association for the Study and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, found three ‘typical’ themes were identified as influencing the disclosure process feeling distressed, opportunity to tell, and fears for self.

Four ‘variant’ themes were identified concerns for others, being believed, shame/guilt, and peer influence.

Friday’s conference, organised by the Independent Guardian Ad Litem Agency , is called Getting it Right Responding to Children who Disclose Sexual Abuse and will be chaired by district judge Paul Kelly

ANON (spike9w@yahoo.com) Jun 21st, 2016 @ 10:47 AM

Children As Young As One Targeted By Paedophiles …

There were thousands of internet-related sex crimes in England and Wales in 2015/16, with the youngest victim just one year old.

Children as young as one year old have fallen victim to online paedophiles, according to the NSPCC.

There were 3,186 internet-related sex crimes against children recorded by 38 police forces in England and Wales in 2015/16, according to the charity's report.

The offences included sexual assaults, grooming victims and inciting children to take pa