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Belfast solicitor jailed for indecently assaulting boy

A Belfast solicitor has been sentenced to three years in jail for indecently assaulting a 14- year-old boy at a west Belfast swimming pool.

The judge said the child had been forced to give evidence, because of the solicitor's not guilty plea, and now has severe behavioural difficulties.

A jury convicted Thomas Reynolds of indecent assault and inciting a child to commit an act of gross indecency after hearing the defendant had held the boy around the stomach and touched him inappropriately.

The defendant had asked the boy to commit a sex act and, when he refused, had committed one himself.

Reynolds had said he thought he was alone in the changing rooms at the time and had been going through a stressful period.

The victim impact report says the child has post traumatic anxiety disorder and panic attacks with problems at school and has resorted to self harm.

In sentencing, the judge said Reynolds had acted like a predator and had taken advantage of the boy disgracefully.

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