A POLICE officer facing more than 30 child porn charges told a court he is “not guilty.”
Robert Jason Ainscough also denies accessing the personal details people on a restricted access police computer.
The Dubliner, whose address was given as c/o PSNI Lurgan, Co Armagh, signed up as a constable four years ago.
Craigavon Crown Court heard that in 2015, being the holder of a public office, Mr Ainscough abused the trust of the public.
That involved accessing personal details “without justification” of a number of people on the police computer system.
In all he faces 13 breach of trust charges.
Those include claims he shared confidential details of an individual, a constable, and that he exchanged sexually explicit messages.
Ainscough, 32, is also charged with 17 allegations of making indecent photographs of children and a further 17 charges of possessing indecent or pseudo photographs of children.
He replied “not guilty” to each charge when they were put to him today.
After setting a trial date for February 2019, Ainscough, in a grey duffle coat, left the dock.
He obscured his face as he walked from the court building before getting into a waiting car to be driven away.
With many thank to: The Irish Sun for the original story.
A FORMER civil servant caught with over 7,000 images and 21 videos of child pornography has avoided jail.
Staff at the then Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism discovered attempts to download inappropriate material on Patrick Corcoran’s (53) computer during a software upgrade at the Kildare Street offices in December 2009.
Members of the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation (NBCI) seized a laptop and computer at Corcoran’s desk and later found 5,951 pornographic images of children between eight and 14 years old during a search of his former North Circular Road home.
Judge Martin Nolan handed down a three-and-a-half year suspended sentence at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, but warned Corcoran that he would go to jail if caught with any more illegal pornographic material.
“You are getting a chance, but if you re-offend, no mercy will be shown,” said Judge Nolan.
Detective Garda Maria Clohessy revealed that gardaí were not in a position to arrest Corcoran until February 2012. By then he had collected a further 1,100 child pornography images and 21 videos at his current home at Longford House, Spencer Dock.
Corcoran pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography on a work PC and laptop under his desk at what is now the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht on December 21, 2009.
He also pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography images in 87 A4 brown envelopes at his former home the same day.
He further pleaded guilty to possessing a further 1,100 images and 21 videos on a laptop and hard drive on February 7, 2012.
Corcoran co-operated fully with gardaí and helped them locate items during both searches. He said during interview that he suffered from depression and had accessed inappropriate material from links on legal pornography internet sites.
Det Gda Clohessy agreed with Philipp Rahn BL, defending, that his client said he’d contacted the Granada Institute for sex offenders for treatment following the first seizure.
She agreed she was aware Corcoran has been in other psychological treatment since 2012 after the Granada Institute closed down. He recently got a HSE letter confirming it had no further concerns about him.
She agreed there was no suggestion of sharing, distributing or commercial gain in this case, nor any direct contact with children.
Mr Rahn submitted to Judge Nolan that his client has since completed 192 hours of group therapy to address his offending behaviour. He complies with the Sex Offenders Act and has expressed genuine remorse for his actions.
Judge Nolan said child pornography encourages the abuse of minors and children and is a serious offence.
He said Corcoran has suffered to some degree in that he had lost his job with the Department of Heritage, Tourism and the Arts.
“For good reason, he was sacked,” he said.
The judge noted that Corcoran had taken steps to deal with his problems and said there was a “good prospect” that he would not re-offend.
He ordered Corcoran to be of good behaviour for three and a half years and place himself under the supervision of the Probation Service for 18 months.
With many thanks to the: Independent and by Aoife Ardghail and Jessica Magee for the original story.
He was convicted of a sexual offence on Wednesday
Belfast feminist groups have said they will protest outside Cliftonville’s football ground if Jay Donnelly is selected to play against Dungannon Swifts this Saturday.
The North Belfast man was convicted of distributing an indecent image of a child on Wednesday.
The 23-year-old had pleaded guilty to the charge on Friday, November 23.
In a joint statement from Belfast Feminist Network and Reclaim the Night, the club was criticised for allowing Donnelly to play against Linfield on Saturday, November 24, despite his guilty plea the day previous.
It is unclear if the club were aware of his guilty plea. They have not yet commented publicly on the conviction.
In their statement, the feminist groups said: “The feminist movement has been aware of this case for some time but we have been unable to comment while the criminal proceedings were ongoing.
Cliftonville’s Jay Donnelly convicted of distributing an indecent image of a child
“Donnelly’s behaviour was reprehensible and his conviction reflects this.
“If they continue to play such a high profile player as Donnelly now that he has been convicted they send a dangerous message to the many young fans for whom their players are supposed to be role models.”
They said that they will protest until action is taken by the club.
The statement added: “At time of writing the club has made no statement about Donnelly’s conviction or their intentions around his future at the club. Cliftonville are due to play Dungannon Swifts this Saturday December 1 at their home ground.
“If Jay Donnelly is playing on Saturday, there will be a protest organised by Belfast Feminist Network and Reclaim the Night outside the ground.
“We will continue to protest until Cliftonville FC take action to remove a convicted sex offender from their line-up. We are also seeking information from the club’s leadership about actions they will take to stamp out misogyny and ensure players are educated on sexual consent as part of their role.”
Cliftonville FC were contacted for a response however have not responded.
With many thanks to: Belfast Live for the original story.
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A 17-year-old charged with sexual offences relating to five teenagers, including two aged 13, allegedly told police: “All young girls nowadays are sluts”.
The boy from Co Antrim , who cannot be named because of his age, appeared at Ballymena Magistrates Court on Thursday via video link from Woodlands Juvenile Justice Centre where he was remanded previously on 21 charges.
The charges include rape, engaging in sexual activity with a child, blackmail, distributing indecent photos of children, possessing such photos, inciting children to take incident photos, disclosing private sexual photos, harassment and unauthorised access to computer material.
It is alleged that after a girl, 16, had taken a pregnancy test the youth grabbed her by the throat before raping her in a bathroom.
A prosecutor said bail was opposed and a police officer told the court of other incidents including one were a girl, 13, had been sent an indecent image by the defendant via Snapchat showing his private parts and when he told her he knew where she lived she felt pressured to send a photo which the boy then sent to the girl’s mum via Facebook.
The court was told the defendant had been in a relationship with a girl, 17, and uploaded images to social media saying: “I have ruined your life”.
Woman raped four times an
In another alleged incident, a girl, 13, with a learning disability was contacted on Snapchat and sent a photo of the defendant naked and he later contacted her when she was playing the online game ‘Fortnite’ and told her he knew she slept with her “blinds open”.
It is alleged the youth then tried to blackmail the girl by asking for £500 or else he would send her mother indecent images.
The police officer said: “This young man’s life is basically lived online”. The officer said the defendant had a level of knowledge of the internet and knew how to access software. During an interview, the officer said the boy had told police: “All young girls nowadays are sluts.”
A defence barrister said his client denied rape and had insisted any sexual contact was consensual. The lawyer said exchanging explicit photos was becoming “more prevalent” and added that as regards his client allegedly contacting mothers that was what was “rather crudely termed ‘revenge porn’.”
The lawyer said the defendant had autism and ADHD. Refusing bail, District Judge Nigel Broderick said the defendant faced 21 serious charges involving a number of complainants under the age of 18.
Two of the complainants were 13 and at least one had a learning disability and would be categorised as being “particularly vulnerable”, the judge added.
Judge Broderick said the defendant had made certain admissions, accepting in interviews, that he had exchanged indecent images and that he had contacted, on at least two occasions, mothers of girls in what had been described by the defence as ‘revenge porn’.
The judge said the case was aggravated by an allegation of blackmail and there was also a rape charge.
Judge Broderick said that after the defendant was interviewed and previously released on police bail it was believed he then made contact with friends of a complainant even though he was barred from accessing the internet.
The judge said the boy had an “obsession” with the internet “and not for good purposes” and had also made concerning remarks about girls. Judge Broderick was concerned the youth would commit further offences and contact witnesses and remanded him in custody to December 27.
With many thanks to: Belfast Live for the original story.