November 2015

ANON Nov 11th, 2015 @ 12:56 PM

1/2...Former priest loses second defrocking appeal…

A second appeal by a former priest against his dismissal from the priesthood over child sex abuse has been thrown out.

Daniel Duane, from Mallow in Cork, was defrocked following a canon law trial regarding abuse of teenagers and minors.

In a statement, Bishop of Cloyne William Crean said a second appeal made by Mr
Duane to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in Rome had been rejected, and no other appeal could be made to them in this regard.

In March 2013, a secret canonical court set up by the Cloyne diocese’s former administrator, Archbishop of Cashel and Emly, Dermot Clifford, ruled Mr Duane should be forced to stand down as a priest having heard from a number of his victims.
In January of this year, it was confirmed that Mr Duane’s appeal of this decision was rejected by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

In its 2013 judgement, the canonical court “reached the decision with moral certainty” that the priest had sexually abused minors and teenagers and that he “should be dismissed from the clerical state”.

It is understood Mr Duane was the subject of up to 11 complaints of abuse.

However, he had faced two criminal charges for sex abuse and was acquitted in both cases.

ANON Nov 11th, 2015 @ 12:54 PM

2/2...In May 2011, he was found not guilty of indecently assaulting a teenage girl by direction of the trial judge, who expressed concerns about the alleged victim’s delay in making a complaint to Gardaí.

Six months later, a jury found Mr Duane not guilty of indecently assaulting a second teenager, following a three-day trial.

Bishop Crean said he was grateful to the survivors of abuse who had the courage to come forward to speak about their experiences.

“This has been a long and painful process for all involved.

“At this time, I wish to reassure the people of the Diocese of Cloyne that comprehensive child safeguarding measures are in place in the diocese and I thank the safeguarding representative in parishes in the diocese who are working to ensure that children’s welfare is protected in all Church activities,” he said.

The defrocking of the priest will lead to him being forced to leave the diocesan owned house he lived in for the past six years.

One survivor said: “We are absolutely delighted that we have got justice today as this is the only justice we’ve ever got despite years of fighting.

That we got our justice from the Church too is great”.

In a statement the Cloyne Survivors Group expressed “relief” Mr Duane’s second appeal against his defrocking had failed.

“The church and the survivors have been working together with public bodies concerned with safeguarding children.

The survivors welcome this new era of cooperation to ensure the protection of children which has always been their main priority since coming forward,” a statement said.

As Mr Duane is no longer a member of the clergy, Tusla the child and family agency will take the lead in monitoring the former priest.

ANON Nov 11th, 2015 @ 12:51 PM

Sex obsessed garage owner Trevor Wright jailed for 19 years…

A "sex obsessed" garage owner who preyed on schoolgirls in the 1970s and 80s has been jailed for 19 years.

Trevor Wright, 67, of Ballingdon Street, Sudbury, Suffolk, was found guilty at Ipswich Crown Court of five charges of rape and seven of sexual assault.

He had already admitted six more sex assaults on the same three victims.
Judge Martyn Levett told Wright he should sign the sex offenders' register indefinitely.

'Sex obsessed'

Wright's offending took place between 1977 and 1989, one rape occurred in a car belonging to a customer at his garage in Ballingdon Street.

Other offences took place at a stables where Wright kept a horse.

Giving evidence, Wright said he was "sex obsessed" and admitted rubbing himself against the girls for sexual gratification but denied committing any sexual assaults or rapes.

He told police he had been a heavy drinker and suffered from memory problems.

Giving evidence, Wright said he was "sex obsessed" and admitted rubbing himself against the girls for sexual gratification but denied committing any sexual assaults or rapes.


ANON Nov 11th, 2015 @ 12:48 PM

A police officer has been jailed for four years for arranging to have sex with a runaway teenage girl whose disappearance he was investigating....

Leigh Brightman, 37, of Tennyson Avenue, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, discovered the girl, who was 15, may have been working as a prostitute.

He then contacted her to discuss sexual services and arranged for a taxi to bring her to his house.

Brightman pleaded guilty to three counts of misconduct in public office.

The teenager told the Old Bailey said she was left feeling "dirty, ashamed, but partly stupid" after her interaction with Brightman in August 2014.

The prosecution said it was not their case the two had sex even though they met at his house and he hid the fact he was a police officer.

He claimed he was handed an escort card, during a troubled period in his marriage, and had no idea he was contacting the missing girl.

The jury heard Brightman also had sex with two other women he met while on duty, one in her 20s, the other in her 40s.

The older woman said he was "flirtatious" when they met in 2012 after she reported being harassed by a former partner.

They began having sex but when she grew concerned he was not investigating her complaint he begged her to keep quiet.

The younger woman met Brightman as a drug-addicted teenager and was reintroduced some years later.

They began to have consensual sex, often when he was in uniform.

Kevin McCartney, defending, said: "There can be no doubt that if he could rewrite or undo what he has done, he would."

Judge Mark Lucraft QC said: "It's clear that when you contacted her, you knew perfectly well who she was, her age and her vulnerabilities."

A Hertfordshire Police spokesman said Brightman "betrayed the trust placed in him by targeting such vulnerable victims".

Brightman also admitted to two counts of downloading indecent images of a child between 2011 and 2014

ANON Nov 11th, 2015 @ 11:44 AM

Cork man jailed for teen abuse…

A 78-year-old man has been sentenced to four years in jail with half of it suspended yesterday for the sexual abuse of a girl in her teenage years in the 1970s.

Tony McCarthy of Fairylawn, Coolatooder, Ballinhassig, Co Cork, was sentenced at Cork Circuit Criminal Court after pleading guilty earlier this year to eight counts of indecently assaulting the girl from 1969 when she was aged 12 to 1977.

Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin said: “His plea is a public acknowledgement the victim is correct which is a vindication of her position to the public.

I say that because certain people, not the accused, according to the victim, were blaming her and not putting the blame where it lay, with the accused.

“The offences were gross and continuous and the breach of trust significant.”

The victim said from the witness box earlier this year: “I want to say, Tony McCarthy, you robbed me of my past, you are destroying my present, but from today I will not give you my future.

“Before I was sexually abused I was a happy, carefree, trusting, and loving child.

When he began sexually abusing me, he ripped my world apart and turned everything upside down. In the blink of an eye he robbed me of my childhood safety, trust, and innocence.”

Garda Ashling Keating said the abuse consisted of McCarthy fondling the girl’s genital and breasts. Garda Keating said the father of four was involved in wholesale business and had no previous convictions.

Defence barrister Donal O’Sullivan said the accused unreservedly apologised to the victim for what he did.


ANON Nov 11th, 2015 @ 11:42 AM

1/2…The number of deaths last year of children in care, aftercare, or known to child protection services reached 26, the highest in five years.

Three died while in care.

The National Review Panel (NRP), which compiled the figures for its 2014 annual report, said it was “notable that the three young people who died whilst in care all died from suicide”.

In all, eight of the 26 youngsters died by suicide, with males outnumbering females by 3:1.

The NRP, set up in 2010 to review cases where children in care, aftercare, or known to child protection services die or experience serious incidents, said more than a quarter of 103 deaths reviewed since then were from suicide and that “in some cases there were warning signs or previous incidents of self harm”.

While there was “no instance where it was clear that intervention could have prevented a young person from taking their own life”, it was “evident” that all those involved in child protection and welfare “need to be comfortable with addressing suicidal tendencies” as well as “vigilant” about ensuring children or young people... are able to avail of therapeutic services”.

Of the 26 deaths last year, six were infants less than a year old, while 10 occurred among children aged 11-16.

Four of those who died were in aftercare and 19 were known to child protection services.

Eight died from natural causes, some of which were congenital, five died as a result of road traffic accidents and two children were murdered.

One died as a result of a drug overdose.

ANON Nov 11th, 2015 @ 11:39 AM

2/2…The NRP also conducted reviews in relation to reports published in 2014, including the case of a 19-year-old man in care since the age of eight who died from a drug overdose. It found that he had a range of needs “which were not met through contact with the HSE childcare services”.

A review of the case of a 15-year-old who died from a drug overdose found he was allowed “remain too long in an environment where drug misuse was the norm”.

Key learning points identified by the NRP from its reports include problems in respect of local management and practice rather than policy deficits; practice weakness in conducting assessments; difficulty engaging with families and young people.

In some cases, social workers displayed a tendency “to repeat the same interventions or recommendations regardless of their previous ineffectiveness”.

NRP chairwoman Helen Buckley said it was clear “there are some enduring challenges Tusla will need to address alongside its reform programme, not least of which is pressure on the system which impacts on the timing and quality of assessment and intervention”.

However, Cormac Quinlan, Tusla’s interim director of policy and strategy, said the children’s deaths “were not connected to the quality of services they received”, but “point to historical deficits in practice and inconsistencies in service provision”.

ANON Nov 11th, 2015 @ 10:57 AM

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ANON Nov 11th, 2015 @ 10:47 AM

Minister for Children pledges aftercare plan for children and youths leaving State care

Dr James Reilly says aim is to assist young people in independent living

A structured aftercare plan for children and young people leaving State care is to become the norm, Minister for Children Dr James Reilly said.

He said the Child Care (Amendment) Bill 2015 clarified and copper-fastened the requirement for an aftercare plan administered by Tusla, the Child and Family Agency: “It puts such planning on the same footing as other statutory obligations on the agency.

It guarantees that the progress made to date will continue.’’

Dr Reilly said “aftercare’’ was the term used to describe the planning and support put in place to meet the needs of a young person leaving statutory care at 18. It aimed to assist young people in making the transition to independent living, he added.

He said the most important requirements for young people leaving care included continuity of relationships and secure suitable accommodation.

Advice and guidance

“Current aftercare provision incorporates advice, guidance and practical support,’’

Dr Reilly said. “Other crucial elements of an aftercare service include advocating on behalf of young people to support their further development.’’

Dr Reilly said 450-500 young people left care annually at 18. Overall, of approximately 6,400 children in State care, some 93 per cent were in a foster care family placement.

A sizeable number remained living with their foster carers, either full-time or part-time, after they reached 18, he added.

Dr Reilly said the agency supported those aftercare placements by way of a plan, in addition to a support worker and financial assistance.

Young people who did not have family support from a foster carer, or a family base, were assisted in finding accommodation and encouraged and supported in furthering training and education.

ANON Nov 11th, 2015 @ 10:31 AM

Child abuse inquiry 'to name institutions to be investigated'…

The judge leading the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse is set to announce its first investigations.

Justice Lowell Goddard will make a public statement later outlining progress that has been made since the inquiry was formally opened in July.

She is expected to name about a dozen areas that will be examined, including naming a number of institutions in England and Wales to be investigated.

It is not thought that any individuals will be named at this stage.

The independent inquiry was launched by Home Secretary Theresa May to look at how institutions and organisations, including the BBC, police, armed forces, schools
and children's homes, handled abuse claims.

'Significant statement'...

BBC home affairs correspondent Danny Shaw said the statement, which is being described as a "significant", comes after months of research.

"Since the inquiry was set up, a lot of work has been going on behind the scenes, including gathering information and researching issues of possible interest," he said.

"As a result of that work, Justice Goddard is now in a position to announce the first series of investigations the inquiry will undertake."

Official purpose of the inquiry:

§ To consider the extent to which state and non-state institutions have failed in their duty of care to protect children from sexual abuse and exploitation

§ To consider the extent to which those failings have since been addressed

§ To identify further action needed to address any failings identified

§ To consider the steps which it is necessary for state and non-state institutions to take in order to protect children from such abuse in future

§ To publish a report with recommendations

The New Zealand High Court judge is also expected to give an update on the work of the Truth Project, in which victims and survivors of abuse can share experiences with inquiry members during private sessions.

A pilot scheme was launched in Liverpool earlier this month.

ANON Nov 11th, 2015 @ 12:46 PM

Man kept alleged abuse secret for years

A man who says he was sexually abused by a priest who was working as a music teacher while at secondary school in the 1980s told a court he didn’t tell anyone about the abuse until 2009 because he didn’t know how it would be received.

The man who says he was abused several times by Henry Moloney, aged 77, during a single school year in the 1980s, was advised by his counsellor to go to the gardaí after he disclosed details to her, he said yesterday at Clonmel Circuit Court.

Henry Moloney, with an address at Kimmage Manor in Dublin, has pleaded not guilty to eight charges of indecent assault offences .

While being cross-examined yesterday by Patrick Gageby, defending, the complainant was asked if he initiated civil legal proceedings 15 months before he spoke to gardaí about his allegations.

The complainant said he went to a solicitor and asked him to contact gardaí for him. “We had to wait a while to hear anything from the Gardaí,” he said.

He agreed that the first time child sexual abuse was mentioned was in 2009 during a meeting with his counsellor. He hadn’t told his wife by then.

“I didn’t know how to tell anyone because I didn’t know how it would be received,” he told the court.

Mr Gageby put it to him that, in his civil pleadings, the complainant said that Henry Moloney exposed himself to him and forced him to “perform lewd acts”.

The complainant said this never happened and he didn’t say it did. “Maybe my doctor picked up something wrong and it went from there, I don’t know.” “I didn’t perform any acts on him. He performed them on me.”

Mr Gageby put it to the alleged injured party that there was no abuse by Henry Moloney, and that the only time the complainant was in the accused’s room at school was when he was “vexed” that his parents hadn’t come to collect him one day and he lay on the bed while the accused worked at his desk.

“That is absolutely absurd,” the complainant said. “It’s a lie. It’s incorrect.”

ANON Nov 11th, 2015 @ 12:43 PM

Teacher guilty of abusing pupils…

A former Limerick primary school teacher was yesterday found guilty at Limerick Circuit Court of 30 charges of indecently assaulting boys he taught over 35 years ago.

A jury returned majority guilty verdicts.

The jury failed to agree on a further 42 charges.

The accused, now aged 73, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded not guilty to 72 charges of indecently assaulting the boys on dates between September 1978 and June 1981.

Judge John Hannan remanded the former teacher in custody.

During nine days of evidence, 13 former students gave evidence.

The guilty verdicts were returned in relation to six of the boys when they were in fifth and sixth class between 1978 and 1981. After deliberation of 10 hours over three days, the jury of seven men and five women brought back their verdicts.

The assaults were carried out in a classroom and corridor.

Evidence was given how the teacher would walk through the aisles of the classroom, approach boys individually at different times and place his hands inside their pants and feel their genital area.

After returning their verdicts, Judge Hannan told the jury that it was a difficult and challenging case to listen to.

John O’Sullivan, prosecuting, asked that the case be put back to December 9, for mention, with a view to obtaining an early date for sentence.

He needed to take instructions from the DPP in relation to the 42 counts on which the jury disagreed.

Judge Hannan ordered that the teacher not be named at this time. Andrew Sexton, defending, said the teacher was not seeking to remain on bail and he was remanded in custody to December 9.

ANON Nov 11th, 2015 @ 03:14 PM

1/3...Thousands of child sex abuse cases missed, report says…

The majority of child sex abuse is carried out by family or friends and up to 85% goes unreported, a study says.

Around 50,000 cases were recorded from April 2012 to March 2014, but a report by the children's commissioner suggests the actual number was up to 450,000.

Much attention has been focused on child abuse in institutions but most happens within families or their trusted circles, the report said.

The government said it was looking at how authorities dealt with abuse.

The report found:

§ Two-thirds of child sexual abuse took place within the family environment or the close circle around it

§ 75% of victims were girls

§ Abuse was most likely to have occurred at about the age of nine

§ Victims often did not speak out until adolescence or later, when they recognised what had happened

§ Even if a child did tell someone, often the abuse did not stop

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Children's commissioner Anne Longfield said recent attention and investigations had focused on the abuse children suffered in institutions or by groups of perpetrators.

"We must now wake up to and urgently address the most common form of child sexual abuse that which takes place behind the front door within families or their trusted circles," she said.

ANON Nov 11th, 2015 @ 03:10 PM

2/3...'Terrible guilty secret'...

Sue was abused by a male family member from the age of four to 13.

"He was extremely caring and affectionate. My earliest memory is of him coming in and abusing me and after he would sing me to sleep.

At that stage it all felt complicit because I'd go along with it and he was so nice to me.

"It's maybe shocking to believe but I loved him. I didn't know any different.

"At school I realised that what was happening was shameful and awful. But at the same time I went along with it, because I got gifts, rewards and love and affection.

"There was shame around me, but it never registered that it was him, not me, who should feel shame.

"The abuse led to physical problems but nobody ever picked up on the signs.

I didn't think about telling anyone because I knew he would get in trouble and so would I.

It was my terrible guilty secret."

The children's commissioner has called for urgent action from government and more training to help teachers, social services, police and other professionals identify abuse early on.

"There are always signs. Children can become withdrawn or show overly sexualised behaviour. If you know the child it will be obvious to see changes in their behaviour," she said.

The report the most detailed analysis of child sex abuse in England to date - examined information from a range of sources, including police and local councils, and surveys from more than 750 survivors of abuse.

It also drew on a recent study of child maltreatment which found 11.3% of young adults aged 18-24 had experienced sexual abuse during childhood and calculated results based on the 11.5m children and young people living in England.

Norfolk Chief Constable Simon Bailey, who is in charge of police child protection and abuse investigations nationally, said: "The numbers are staggering [but] I'm not that surprised.

"I've regularly talked about the level of child abuse reported to police as being the tip of the iceberg."

Police had made significant improvements in dealing with child abuse reports, but there was still work to do, he admitted.

"Jimmy Savile in 2012 was a watershed moment, for the police service in particular.

This now has to be a watershed moment for all agencies involved in child protection.

"We have to fundamentally rethink how we go about stopping abuse of this nature happening on the horrific scale the commission has identified."

ANON Nov 11th, 2015 @ 03:06 PM

3/3...The report calls for a major strategy by government to prevent child abuse, including:

§ To increase the responsibilities of those working with children

§ To teach school children as young as five, in compulsory lessons, about healthy and safe relationships

§ To teach them to talk to an appropriate adult if they are worried about abuse

§ Training teachers to recognise the signs and symptoms of abuse and act accordingly

§ To support children from the moment they disclose abuse. And to have a child psychologist or appropriate intermediary in evidence interviews with the child

§ To make sure all police forces record child sexual abuse-related crimes

The Department for Education said it would "carefully consider" the recommendations in the report.

"[This government] set up the first ever cross-government child protection taskforce to overhaul the way

"We have also invested an extra £100m to support vulnerable children and we are providing £7m for services supporting child abuse survivors."

Roy Perry, of the Local Government Association, said the burden of disclosing abuse needed to be taken away from children wherever possible, but "councils cannot do this alone. We need support from a million eyes and ears amongst the public".

Children's Commissioners in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland said they had no equivalent figures on abuse

ANON Nov 11th, 2015 @ 02:43 PM

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ANON Nov 11rd, 2015 @ 04:17 PM

1/2...State feared public scandal over infant deaths at mother and baby homes…

The State feared a “public scandal” in relation to the alarming number of children dying in mother and baby homes 70 years before the Tuam babies scandal made worldwide headlines.

The revelation is contained in a letter sent on behalf of parliamentary secretary to the Minister for Local Government and Public Health Dr Con Ward in 1945 to the Bishop of Cork Daniel Cohalan.

The letter was in response to an angry letter sent to Dr Ward by Bishop Cohalan where he questioned the department’s request that the order remove the head of Bessborough over the “trouble” of infant mortality at the institution.

Records show there was an 82% infant death rate at Bessborough at the time.

“Rev Mother Martina has informed me that the Mother Superior in England was asked to remove her. That procedure was scarcely correct. Mother Martina is

Reverend Mother of the Community of Sisters, it is an ecclesiastical appointment; it was not a correct thing to call for he removal,” he wrote.

However, in response, the department was clear that should information about the number of children dying leak into the public domain, it would result in a “public scandal”.

“The parliamentary secretary is only concerned with her position as matron of a home in which the death rate has reached an exceptionally high figure.

ANON Nov 11rd, 2015 @ 04:14 PM

2/2...The fact that 102 babies died in the institution before reaching the age of 12 months during the year 31st March last the total infants born in the home and admitted after birth in that year being 124 is viewed with disquietude.

“Apart from any public scandal which might result, the parliamentary secretary felt that the case called for immediate action and that to allow the Rev Mother Martina to continue as manager would mean acquiescence on his part in the state of affairs which has been disclosed,” stated the letter.

The 102 deaths referred to an 82% death rate at Bessborough reported to inspector Alice Litster for year ended 31 March 1944. Last week, the Irish Examiner revealed that this figure was substantially higher than the level of deaths the order recorded in its own death register.

Bishop Cohalan informs the department that he had spoken to the ex-chaplain at Bessborough and Sr Martina and that “the seriousness of the problem is realised”.

“The view is that a young doctor is needed, not a general practitioner but a specialist in gynaecology; that with a young doctor gynaecologist the cause of the mortality would be soon discovered and a remedy found,” he said.

The department agreed with this assessment but also expresses the hope that the
re-organisation proposed by the superior-general of the order, whereby “an efficient and energetic Matron was to be transferred from Shan Ross to Bessborough, will have Your Lordship’s support”.

ANON Nov 11rd, 2015 @ 04:08 PM

Child arrests in Wales down 55% in four years, new figures show…

The annual number of child arrests in Wales - almost 6,200 - has dropped 55% in four years, new figures have shown.

Numbers obtained by a prison reform charity showed a decline each year from 2010 to 2014.

The Dyfed-Powys force area had the greatest dip at 70%, with South Wales the smallest at 47%.

The Howard League for Penal Reform said it was down to work done to keep children out of the criminal justice system.

Across Wales, child arrests were down from 13,889 in 2010 to 6,199 in 2014, a response to the charity's Freedom of Information request showed.

There was a fall of 61% in the Gwent Police area and 55% in north Wales.

The Howard League said the figures closely matched an average drop of 54% across Wales and England as a whole. Of those arrested, 83% were boys.

ANON Nov 11rd, 2015 @ 04:06 PM

1/2...IPCC: Grooming reports to police 'need better handling'…

Police chiefs are being urged to tackle reports of grooming more effectively after the murder of a teenage boy who was befriended online by his killer.
Breck Bednar, 14, from Surrey, was stabbed to death by Lewis Daynes, then 18, in his Essex flat in February 2014.

Weeks earlier, Breck's mother reported a change in his behaviour to police.
An Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) inquiry found her call should have alerted officers to the possibility he was being groomed.

In January, computer engineer Daynes was sentenced to life in prison and told he must serve at least 25 years.

Chelmsford Crown Court heard how he lured Breck to his flat in Grays, Essex, after months of talking online on gaming websites and social media.

Mrs Justice Cox, sentencing, said she was sure the murder was "driven by sadistic or sexual motivation".

The IPCC says it has written to the relevant National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC) lead officers to urge them to share best practice nationally on the handling of grooming reports.

The investigation found the Surrey Police call handler who spoke to Breck's mother, Lorin LaFave, in December 2013 and their supervisor lacked knowledge of dealing with grooming concerns.

ANON Nov 11rd, 2015 @ 04:04 PM

2/2...It also found Ms LaFave was not provided with information about specialist agencies, such as the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre, which provides a reporting service and advises parents who suspect their child may be being groomed.

The IPCC added that a Police National Computer check should have been completed.

A record had existed on the national database for Daynes for a previous alleged rape of a minor in 2011 in Essex.

IPCC commissioner Jennifer Izekor said parents were increasingly aware that child abusers or extremists could use the internet to target victims online.

"Where they have concerns, parents must be able to turn to the police and expect those concerns to be taken seriously," she said.

Police call handlers needed to be properly trained to recognise the danger signs and to give the right support and information, she added.

"Sadly, in the case of Breck and his family, the support they needed was not given.

"Lessons must be learned; that is why I have written to the NPCC to ask them to consider current national guidance and to alert forces across England and Wales to our recommendations, so forces can satisfy themselves that they have the right training and procedures in place."

IPCC investigators previously served a misconduct notice on a staff member at Surrey Police contact centre. Another staff member, who took the call, resigned from the force last August.

The IPCC said that, had both of them stayed in the force, they would have had a case to answer for misconduct.

Surrey Police said it carried out a review of practices in its call handling centre and implemented changes to improve the way information was handled and shared

AN0N Nov 11nd, 2015 @ 08:40 PM

Man receives three-year sentence for sexual assault of girl ( during a sleep over…

A Clare man has received a sentence of three years imprisonment for the sexual assault of an eight-year-old girl during a sleep over.

The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is already serving a term of 15 years imprisonment for the abuse of a female relative. In that case he began regularly raping the child in his own flat from when she was aged nine.

Last month the 49-year-old was convicted by a jury after a trial at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court of the sexual assault of a girl during a sleepover with other children at his home on November 11, 2005. He had denied the charge.

Today Keith Spencer BL, defending, told Judge Patricia Ryan that the man did not accept the verdict of the jury and would appeal the conviction.

The man has 41 previous convictions which include the convictions of sexual assault and rape from the Central Criminal Court earlier this year.

The court heard that during the children's sleepover the man had grabbed the child while she was away from the others and sexually molested her.

Afterwards she asked if she could call her mother and he said no.

In a victim impact report read into court by the investigating Garda the victim said she was glad that she could finally put the incident behind her.

Judge Ryan imposed a three year sentence to date from last month. The sentence will run concurrent to the sentence he is already serving.

ANON Nov 11th, 2015 @ 11:18 AM

Jury to deliberate on child assault charges against 73-year-old retired primary teacher…

A jury is due to begin its deliberations on Friday in the trial of a 73-year-old retired primary school teacher who is accused of indecently assaulting 13 boys at a school in the Limerick area.

The pensioner, who cannot be named for legal reasons, but with an address in Dublin, had pleaded not guilty to 78 counts of indecent assault, however following legal argument, the number of counts he is facing has been reduced to 72.

In all 13 men, now in their late 40s, have given evidence at Limerick Circuit Court, of repeatedly being touched inappropriately by their teacher in a primary school in the Limerick area on dates ranging from September 1978 to June 1981.

The prosecution has argued the alleged victims are credible, truthful, and reliable, with any variations of accounts due to the length of time passed.

Andrew Sexton, defending, has described it as amazing the alleged incidents only came to light in 2010, and claimed there has been contamination of the evidence as there has been a web of meetings between the complainants and memories can be distorted.

In his evidence one of the alleged victims recalled how he was ordered to stand inside a large cardboard box at the top of the classroom during a “so-called court case” after he was caught passing a note in class.

The witness said the “makeshift dock” consisted of a cardboard box with two sides and a front and the back cut out.

He told the court that the teacher asked the class what punishment he should receive and described how while standing behind him he pulled down his pants and underwear and touched his private parts.

“I couldn’t react because I was terrified... I got slapped with leather after he was finished with the ‘so-called court case’,” he said.

Yesterday, Judge John Hannan spent an hour and 44 minutes giving his charge to the jury. It’s expected he will conclude his comments this morning before the jury of seven men and five women retire to deliberate on their verdict

ANON Nov 11th, 2015 @ 12:57 PM

1/2...End of Brendan Smyth case brings sorry saga to a close…

“Abuse by priest could have been prevented had church authorities acted sooner”….

And so ends one of the sorriest sagas in the abuse crisis which has engulfed the Catholic Church in Ireland. It first came to public notice with the jailing of Fr Brendan Smyth in 1994.

On March 29th 1975 Fr Seán Brady, later the Catholic primate, was asked by Bishop McKiernan to conduct a canonical inquiry into allegations of abuse against the Norbertine priest.

Fr Brady was then a 35-year-old canon lawyer and teacher at St Patrick’s College,Cavan, but he acted also as part-time secretary to Bishop McKiernan in the Kilmore diocese.

Shortly afterwards, Fr Brady and local canon lawyer Msgr Francis Donnelly, interviewed Brendan Boland in Dundalk. Also present was Fr McShane, who has since left the priesthood.

The latter was there as support for the teenager because his father was not allowed sit in as that was contrary to canon law procedures, despite the seriousness of the allegations that he was making.

There, Brendan Boland named five other children that had been abused by Smyth, including the brother and sister at the heart of Thursday’s Appeal Court decision.

The third party, their cousin, was not yet born in 1975.

On April 4th, 1975 Fr Brady interviewed the second boy (15) in the parochial house at Ballyjamesduff, alone. This second boy has never gone public.

Neither that boy’s parents or the parents of the other children were informed of the abuse, nor were the civil authorities.

ANON Nov 11th, 2015 @ 12:55 PM

2/2...Confidential oath…

At the end of each interview each boy was asked and agreed to Fr Brady’s request, in line with canon law procedures, that they take an oath to keep matters confidential.

Bishop of Kilmore Leo O’Reilly was sued as a representative of Kilmore diocese. They sued Cardinal Brady in his personal capacity arising from his role as part-time secretary to Bishop McKiernan in 1975.

Legal sources advise that this judgment means Cardinal Brady cannot now be pursued by the brother, sister, or their cousin. The Cardinal stood down as Catholic primate in August 2014 on reaching the age of 75.

Following Smyth’s conviction an action was initiated in Belfast by the brother, sister and their cousin. In a 1998 settlement the brother received £25,000, his sister £16,000, and in 1999 their cousin was awarded £25,000. The awards were “in full and final settlement.”

It was a longshot legally whether the brother, sister, and their cousin would ever have succeeded in this later legal action.

They argued that the new information which came to light in 2010 on Cardinal Dr Brady’s knowledge of their abuse as far back as 1975, had been concealed before their settlements.

He was convicted in Belfast on 17 counts of sexual abuse involving four members of one family in the mid-1980s.

In 1997 Smyth pleaded guilty to another 74 counts of child sexual abuse at a trial in Dublin. Sentenced to 12 years, he died in prison at the Curragh in August 1997. A man who attended Smyth’s trial in Dublin was Brendan Boland who had been abused by him.

At the hearing he met victims 10 to 15 years younger than himself. He was incredulous that Smyth continued to abuse children for 18 years after he first told church authorities of his own abuse by Smyth and of five other young people.

In early 1975 Boland, then 14, spoke to Fr Oliver McShane, a young Dominican priest in his home town of Dundalk, about being abused by Smyth.

The priest reported this to Bishop Francis McKiernan in whose Kilmore diocese Smyth and his Norbertine order were based. The Bishop had already received reports of another allegation of abuse by Smyth involving a boy in Ballyjamesduff, Co Cavan.

ANON Nov 11th, 2015 @ 09:34 AM

Cub leader Scott Nicholls jailed for grooming girls…

A cub leader who used internet chat rooms to groom young girls has been jailed after he was caught by a police officer pretending to be a 12-year-old.
Scott Nicholls, 41, from Taunton, Somerset, pleaded guilty to a string of sex offences at Cardiff Crown Court.

The paedophile was caught when he travelled to the Premier Inn hotel in Bridgend to meet the girl and was arrested by waiting police officers.

He was sentenced to six years with an extension of four years on Friday.
In total, he pleaded guilty to 19 charges, including attempting to incite girls, possessing indecent images of children, the distribution of indecent images of children and causing a child to watch a sexual activity.

The court heard how between 16 and 26 June, Nicholls attempted to groom a 12-year-old girl called "Welsh Beth" online - who was in fact the undercover South Wales Police officer.

Nicholls suggested they meet up and, on 26 June, arrived at the hotel where he was confronted by police.

Media captionNicholls was arrested at a hotel where he thought he was meeting a 12-year-old girl

The court heard he had a bag containing sexual items including two sets of handcuffs, bondage restraints and a camcorder.

When caught, he told police: "I knew this was a set up. My life is ruined."

After being caught, police searched his home where they found indecent images and videos on his computer.

They also uncovered further cases where Nicholls had tried to groom young girls through chat rooms, several of whom police discovered to be men themselves.
Nicholls had worked as an ambulance care assistant, was a cub scout leader in Taunton for boys and girls aged eight to 10 and volunteered at the 2012 London Olympics.

Prosecuting, Andrew Davies said: "The tenor of the conversations and the actions of the defendant demonstrates he is not only a predatory paedophile but a persistent one at that."

Defending, Kevin Seal said Nicholls realised he "had a problem" which he acknowledged had been growing since possibly 2005.

"It's reached a stage now where it does need treatment and Mr Nicholls is the first to acknowledge that," he added.

ANON Nov 11th, 2015 @ 01:51 PM

1/2...Court of Appeal halts three actions for damages brought over alleged failure to act to prevent paedophile Fr Brendan Smyth sexually abusing children…

The Court of Appeal has halted three actions for damages brought over an alleged failure to act to prevent paedophile priest Fr Brendan Smyth sexually abusing children.

The case was brought by a Northern Irish man, his sister and a female cousin against a Catholic Bishop in a representative capacity.

The three-judge court upheld a High Court decision stopping separate actions by the three against the Bishop of Kilmore, Dr Leo O'Reilly, as representative of the Kilmore diocese.

They had also sued Cardinal Sean Brady in his personal capacity arising from his role as part-time secretary to former Bishop of Kilmore, Francis McKiernan, during a church investigation in 1975 into complaints about Smyth.

While Cardinal Brady had not made a similar application to Bishop O'Reilly, legal sources suggest the judgment means he too cannot be pursued by the plaintiffs.

The three previously settled Northern Ireland court actions for Stg £25,000 damages each arising from being sexually abused over years as children by Smyth but claimed those settlements did not adequately compensate them.

They also said they were unaware of meetings which, they alleged, showed Catholic church representatives were made aware of Smyth's abuse in 1975 but failed to act to stop it. The knowledge of those meetings exacerbated their injuries, they said.

In proceedings initiated here in 2012, they alleged negligence and breach of duty of care over failure by representatives of the Catholic Church over years to monitor and supervise Smyth and failure to stop his abuse or report it to the Gardai.

In opposing the applica