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Irish League star faces probe over claims he sent 'explicit pictures' to teen girl

By Cate McCurry

Published 29/06/2016

One of the pictures the footballer allegedly sent to the 15-year-old girl
One of the pictures the footballer allegedly sent to the 15-year-old girl

A top Irish League footballer is at the centre of a police investigation over allegations he sent sexually explicit photographs to a 15-year-old girl.

A complaint was made to the PSNI that "inappropriate" pictures may have been sent to the teenage girl.

The football star is now subject of the police investigation.

Pornographic pictures of the sportsman, which have been seen by the Belfast Telegraph, show him posing naked in a series of Snapchat images, which are believed to have been sent to the girl.

In one lewd photograph, a smiling image of the footballer invites the receiver to "show me you". In another he is pictured bare-chested with the tag-line "entertainme".

In a third picture sent using the social network app, the player also states "You are. Tell the truth."

It is not yet clear whom the pictures were sent to, but this newspaper understands it was an underage girl.

A PSNI spokeswoman said: "Police have received a report that a number of inappropriate images may have been sent to a 15-year-old girl last year. Enquiries are ongoing."

A spokesman for the player's club refused to confirm whether he has been suspended. They added that a player's suspension is confirmed through a statement issued on their website.

However, no such statement has appeared on the club's website since going to print.

He also refused to confirm whether the football player is taking part in any of the club's upcoming games.

The spokesman said: "We can only refer you to the statement made by the PSNI."

People who are convicted under the Sexual Offences Act in which they cause a child under the age of 13 or incite one under the age of 16 to engage in sexual activity can carry a maximum sentence of 14 years in prison.

Depending on the circumstances, if a communication with a child - whether sexual or not - could be shown to have caused or incited some kind of sexual activity by the child including naked or semi-naked posing, the Act could be used.

Earlier this year former England footballer Adam Johnson (28) was jailed for six years for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old schoolgirl. Judge Jonathan Rose said he had abused his position of trust with a girl 12 years his junior in a way that had caused her "severe psychological harm".

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