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Ex-teacher and hockey coach awaits sentence for sex charges

Bail: Glenn Stranex
Bail: Glenn Stranex

By Michael Donnelly

A former primary school teacher and leading youth hockey coach has been put on the Sex Offenders Register after he pleaded guilty to a total of nine sex charges and two of child cruelty.

The 53-year-old children's author, Glenn Stranex, from Cairnsville Road in Bangor, Co Down, was released from Belfast Crown Court on continuing bail until after the summer recess for sentencing in September.

He had been accused of a total of 17 sex offences, dating from September 1989, including seven of indecently assaulting a child. However, those charges, and one of inciting a second child to commit an act of gross indecency, were allowed to remain "on the books".

Stranex pleaded guilty to the remaining nine charges, including one of voyeurism, which took place between September 2004 and September 2016.

He also admitted seven charges of making indecent images of children, and one of possessing 25 other indecent images of children.

In addition, the hockey umpire and head coach for the Ulster under-16 team pleaded guilty to two other charges which were added to his bill of indictment.

In them, Stranex, who also coached Randalstown Ladies First XI and was Ulster Hockey's youth officer for under-15 girls, pleaded guilty to "wilfully ill treating a child in a manner likely to cause her unnecessary suffering".

Releasing him on continuing bail, Judge Stephen Fowler QC told Stranex the amount of time he will be on the Sex Offenders' Register, requiring him to notify police of his details, will be determined by the sentence ultimately imposed by the court.

Stranex is the author of two children's books, the most recent of which was published in September 2018.

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