Belfast Telegraph

Monday 24 November 2014

Dirty Duffins

STAFF at a Co Armagh swimming pool have been put on alert after two convicted paedophiles - a FATHER and SON - were spotted watching children's swimming lessons.

STAFF at a Co Armagh swimming pool have been put on alert after two convicted paedophiles - a FATHER and SON - were spotted watching children's swimming lessons.

A member of the public recognised child abuser, Charles Duffin, from a Sunday Life article last week and tipped off staff at the Cascades Leisure Centre, in Portadown, that dirty Duffin (54) had been attending the pool recently.

It was claimed that he had been spotted there with his son, Charles Victor Duffin (30), known as Victor, who, today, we can reveal is also a convicted paedophile who served a prison sentence for abusing children.

People close to the family say that Charles Duffin stays with his son Victor while on bail - a claim the son vehemently denied.

Victor Duffin was jailed for 18 months in 2001, for a series of indecent assaults on schoolgirls.

Duffin would sit beside the girls as they travelled home from school on a bus and perform a sordid sex act.

He would also try to force his hand up the girls' skirts.

Some of his victims were as young as 13-years-old.

When Sunday Life spoke to Victor at his home last week, he said he was the victim of a whispering campaign designed to split him from his girlfriend.

"My father isn't here, he isn't living here and I have never been to any swimming pool.

"People who are saying this are just trying to split me up from my girlfriend, just because she is married.

"I have been to jail for what I've done, now I just want to get on with my life."

A duty manager at the leisure centre confirmed that a concerned member of the public had contacted the centre to warn them that he had seen Duffin snr hanging around the kids' swimming pool.

The man had recognised Duffin after seeing his face in Sunday Life.

Ten days ago, the Belfastman was sentenced to three months in jail for molesting a child.

He was, however, freed on bail after lodging an appeal against the sentence.

cmcguigan@belfast telegraph.co.uk

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