Man jailed for sex order breach
A man bound by the terms of a sexual prevention order after being caught with a child in a toilet cubicle has been jailed for three years for “secretly infiltrating” a family-based church group.
Belfast Recorder Judge Tom Burgess told 43-year-old Richard McFarland that given his “flagrant breach”, he will remain on a new Sexual Offence Prevention Order (SOPO) until such time as the court decides.
McFarland, originally from River Court, Dunmurry, admitted eight separate breaches of a SOPO between February 24 and April 2 last year, just weeks after being given a suspended |sentence for other breaches.
At an earlier hearing Belfast Crown Court heard that McFarland had secretly joined the family-based church group after leaving an adults-only group.
Prosecutor Tessa Kitson told the court that McFarland was spotted handing out religious tracts accompanied by a boy of 15.
Upon his release from jail |McFarland will be subjected to two years’ supervision.