Belfast Telegraph

Friday 24 October 2014

Girl forced to perform sex act

A Londonderry man who forced a 15-year-old girl to perform an act of oral sex on him has been jailed for five years.

William Joseph O'Connor (43), from Stoneburn Place, Currynierin, in the Waterside, will serve two years of the sentence on custody probation.

O'Connor admitted two charges of indecently assaulting the girl and one of having unlawful carnal knowledge of her. He committed the offences in his bedroom between March 30 and April 2 of last year after he'd shared a taxi with the girl to his home from the centre of Derry.

Passing sentence, Judge Desmond Marrinan QC, placed O'Connor on the Sex Offenders' Register indefinitely and also imposed a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) banning O'Connor from unsupervised association with children under 18 years of age, banning him from contacting his victim, prohibiting him from developing a relationship with parents of children under 18 years of age without disclosing to the parents his conviction and banning him from working with children.

The conditions of O'Connor's SOPO will take effect for 12 years.

Judge Marrinan said while he was satisfied that O'Connor's crimes were not pre-meditated, "fuelled by alcohol the opportunity for some sexual gratification presented itself to you and you took advantage of the situation ".

A probation report stated that O'Connor "presents a significant degree of risk of committing further relevant offences".

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