Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 28 August 2014

Ex-prison pastor pleads guilty over child porn images

A former Methodist minister who resigned as a chaplain to inmates at Magilligan prison has been put on the Sex Offenders' Register after he admitted having indecent images of children.

The 52-year-old ex-chaplin William Alan Macaulay, who is married with children, also quit as a youth sports coach at one of Northern Ireland's top ladies' hockey clubs, Ballymoney, pleaded guilty at Antrim Crown Court to a total of 14 charges dated from August to November 2010.

Macaulay, of Ballynacree Drive, Balnamore village, near Coleraine, was later released on bail and will be sentenced next month.

The first of the charges he admitted, dated November 10, accused the shamed cleric of possessing a video of indecent photographs of a child or children.

The next 12 offences are separate charges, dated from September 1 to October 14, 2010, of possessing indecent photographs of a child.

However, the final count on the indictment charges that Macaulay had in his possession a total of 66 indecent photographs of a child.

He is said to have had these images between August 31and November 11, 2010, and are in addition to those in the first 13 counts.

When initially charged the Methodist Church in Ireland released a statement confirming that: “Mr Macaulay has resigned as a minister of the Methodist Church in Ireland.”

And that: “He has not functioned as the Methodist chaplain to Magilligan prison since November 2010.”

Mr Macaulay was well-known as a youth coach at Ballymoney Hockey Club, but also left that position in November 2010.

“He was never responsible for children on his own and worked as part of a large team,” a club spokesman said.

Under bail conditions, Macaulay must not have contact with anyone under the age of 18 years, except in the presence of that child's parents or guardians.

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