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Ex-Northern Ireland primary school teacher accused of catalogue of sex offences

By Paul Higgins

A former Northern Ireland primary school teacher and junior hockey coach has been accused of a catalogue of sex offences.

Standing in the dock of Newtownards Magistrates Court, 51-year-old Glenn Stranex was charged with indecently assaulting a female in the late 80's.

He was also charged of two counts of engaging in sexual activity with two girls under 13 in August and September last year when he was "in a position of trust" over them at that time.

On a six count indictment Stranex, from the Cairnsville Road in Bangor, was also accused of taking and possessing an indecent photograph of a child and attempted voyeurism in that to obtain sexual gratification.

He allegedly "attempted to observe another person doing a private act, and you knew that the other person did not consent to being so observed."

A prosecuting lawyer told the court she was seeking a 12 week adjournment as "there is pending investigation and further evidence to be obtained."

His defence solicitor said there was no objection to the lengthy adjournment but asked for Stranex to be excused from attending on the next occasion.

Refusing the application, District Judge Mark Hamill queried "why should he be" and freed him on continuing bail. 

He was ordered to appear again on January 10, 2018.

A former teacher at Rathmore Primary school, Stranex was also a hockey umpire, head coach for the Ulster under-16 team.

He was also Randalstown Ladies 1 XI team coach and Ulster Hockey’s youth officer for under-15 girls in the Bangor area.

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