Man jailed for sexual abuse of boy
A man who sexually abused a youth 21 years ago has been jailed for two years.
Judge Gemma Loughran told Thomas Moore (41) that “sex |abuse, particularly where there is |an abuse of trust, is a pernicious evil in our society”.
Judge Loughran added that those who “rob children of their innocence by exploiting them sexually”, must expect to go to jail, not only to deter others, but also to show the public the courts will not tolerate such behaviour.
However, the Belfast Crown Court judge said because of Moore's guilty pleas to five charges of gross indecency, he had saved his victim “from the pain of having to give evidence”.
As part of his sentence Moore, with an address at Dunadry Mews, Muckamore, Antrim, was also put on the Sex Offenders' Register for 10 years, and banned from working with children and vulnerable adults for the same period.
Prosecuting lawyer Philip Henry said Moore's victim was an eight-year-old boy and too young to realise what Moore was doing to him or getting him to do.
The court heard the offences came to light when the victim, who is still receiving counselling, spotted Moore in a supermarket last year.