Belfast Telegraph

Former panto actor admits sexual abuse of two boys

By George Jackson

A former senior officer with the Housing Executive has pleaded guilty to 15 charges of sexually abusing two male children between 1971 and 1984.

One-time pantomime actor John Quigley (58) already had three previous convictions for sexually abusing children more than 40 years ago.

As his trial was about to start yesterday at the Crown Court in Londonderry, Quigley, from Maybrook Mews in Pennyburn, Derry was re-arraigned before a jury.

He pleaded guilty to 10 charges of indecently assaulting one of the boys and to two charges of committing an act of gross indecency with him.

He also confessed to two charges of helping another man to indecently assault the child.

He additionally admitted indecently assaulting another boy in the early 1980s.

The defendant was released on bail for the preparation of a pre-sentence report and will be sentenced on November 14.

Judge Philip Babington placed Quigley on the Sex Offender's Register with immediate effect. He will be sentenced next month.

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