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Hockey coach Glenn Stranex is facing six sex charges

By Ali Gordon

A junior hockey coach has been charged with a string of child sex offences.

Former primary school teacher Glenn Stranex appeared in court accused of six offences including sexual activity with children, indecent assault and attempted voyeurism.

The well-known hockey umpire coached some of the province’s top players during his time as Ulster under-16 head coach, Randalstown Ladies 1 XI team coach and Ulster Hockey’s youth officer for under-15 girls in the Bangor area. He also taught at Rathmore Primary School in Bangor for many years.

The 51-year-old, from Cairnsville Road in Bangor, appeared at Newtownards Magistrates’ Court earlier this month accused of intentionally touching a female under the age of 13 in a sexual manner when he was “in a position of trust over her” on September 6 last year. He faces a similar charge involving another girl under 13.

He is also alleged to have taken an indecent photo or pseudo-photograph of children, as well as possessing an indecent image of children.

Stranex is also accused of indecently assaulting a female between September 1988 and September 1989 and of attempting to observe a person doing a private act on an unknown date for his own sexual graticifaction. The case was adjourned until October 4.

An Ulster Hockey Union spokesman said: "When Ulster Hockey was informed that a club coach was under investigation for criminal offences (though these alleged offences were not related to his role within Ulster Hockey) we immediately suspended the individual from any role within the sport. This is consistent with our safeguarding policy and procedures.

"Ulster Hockey has always taken our safeguarding responsibilities extremely seriously and continues to work with the NSPCC to ensure that the welfare of any children within our sport remains our paramount concern.

"We are unable to offer further comment on this matter at this time, as it is subject to an on-going legal case."

agordon@sundaylife.co.uk

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