A disgraced former senior police officer turned paedophile has been handed a 28 month sentence after he propositioned a young girl in a caravan park.
Ordering 61-year-old Raymond Keith Lindsay to spend half his sentence in jail and half under supervised licence conditions, Downpatrick Crown Court Judge Neil Rafferty QC praised the NSPCC run PANTS project which he said assisted “in the armouring of our children to recognise how to behave when they’re put in a compromising position by an adult.”
The work done by schools, teachers, parents and the NSPCC “is at the forefront of safeguarding our children going forward", declared the judge adding that “the fact that this young girl recognised the scenario and dealt with it appropriately by removing herself for me, is one of the high points of this case.”
At an earlier hearing Lindsay, a former RUC inspector with an address at Moygashel Park in Dungannon, entered guilty pleas to inciting a female child under 13 to engage in sexual activity and to breaching his court imposed Sexual Offences Prevention Order by communicating with a child at Castlewellan Forest Park on 26 July last year.
The pervert had initially faced further similar charges accusing him of breaching the SOPO by driving a car, riding a bicycle and by being in the forest park on the same date but following his confessions, those allegations were left on the books.
Rehearsing the facts during his sentencing remarks on Thursday, Judge Rafferty described how the girl had been staying at the park with her parents and was on her way back from the toilet block when Lindsay approached her and tried to engage her in conversation.
“The defendant asked her to go into the bushes and he would take his pants off,” the judge outlined, adding that thankfully, the young girl “distances herself from that and reported it to her parents.”
Turning to the victim impact statement, Judge Rafferty said it was clear the victim had been “quite badly affected by the incident”, while Lindsay himself had been previously convicted of similar offences and breaches of his lifelong SOPO.
It was not opened in court on Thursday, but paedophile Lindsay was first jailed as long ago as 1994 when he was handed a six-year sentence for 16 sex offences, including indecent assault, gross indecency and indecent exposure.
He was arrested after a 70mph high-speed chase through the streets of east Belfast.
A court was later told that he used his position as an RUC Inspector to target his vulnerable victims.
Lindsay would approach schoolgirls and ask them did they need help, before abusing them.
On other occasions, he would sit half-naked in his car with a pornographic magazine at his side, beckon girls over and expose himself.
A prosecution lawyer said when he was jailed that the the policeman paedophile never expressed any "remorse, regret or concern for his victims".
As well as being an RUC inspector, Lindsay was also a staff officer to the Deputy Chief Constable.
While on day release from Magilligan Prison in 1996, Lindsay was convicted of assaulting a woman in Co Monaghan and stealing her clothes.
His life long SOPO, which prohibits Lindsay from entering amusement arcades and beaches, and from loitering in forest parks and caravan sites, was put in place in 2012 after the pervert was spotted hanging around Tollymore Park in Newcastle and Kilbroney Park in Rostrevor.
In court today on Thursday, Judge Rafferty made it clear that even when he is released, Lindsay will be subject to strict licence conditions which means that any breach of them will result in him going back to prison to serve out the remainder of his sentence.
In addition to the jail sentence, the judge ordered Lindsay to sign the police sex offenders register for the next ten years, but told the court that, having “thought long and hard” about changing the existing SOPO, he decided not to as it’s “significantly well structured.”