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Paedophile in court accused of breaching sexual offences order

By Staff Reporter

One of the first sex offenders to be detected in Northern Ireland by the National Crime Agency has appeared in court charged with breaching the terms of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order.

Originally from Dungannon, Michael Dynes (41) set himself up as a fake model agent, tricking both children and adults to pose for him and perform lewd acts.

He admitted 41 charges between 2007 and 2015, including making and possessing indecent images of children; inciting children, some younger than 13, to engage in a sexual act, and several charges of voyeurism. When that case first reached court an officer described it as "one of the most serious cases of sexual exploitation of children encountered".

Dynes was eventually bailed to a Ballymena hostel but now lives in Portstewart.

After his sentencing he was placed on the sex offender's register for life and made the subject of a 10-year Sexual Offences Prevention Order.

It is now alleged Dynes breached one of the terms of the order on October 20 by staying overnight at a non-approved address in Castlereagh.

The case appeared before Magherafelt Magistrates Court yesterday, and a police officer said Dynes could be connected to the charge.

He was remanded on £300 bail, ordered to stay at an address approved by police, and abide by a curfew from 10pm to 6am. He is also banned from contacting a named person.

The case will return to court later this month.

Along with the overnight residence condition, the 10-year order stipulates that he must have no contact with any child aged under 16, other than with the consent of the child's parent or guardian, who has been made aware of his conviction, and this person is approved by police and/or Social Services.

He must not live in the same household as any child without Social Services approval.

He is prohibited from using any internet-capable device unless it retains the history use.

Neither the internet nor any other device can be used to contact or attempt to contact any young person. He must not access social media or websites under an alias, or use a webcam.

Among the litany of crimes Dynes committed was possessing extreme pornographic images and engaging in a sexual act in the presence of a child.

Four counts of fraud by false representation related to Dynes posing as a casting agent seeking a professional model.

There were four victims in the voyeurism charges, all of whom were adult females.

The identity of some victims involving child images remains a mystery, simply referred to on court papers as "an unknown child".

When Dynes' home was searched, computers and recording devices were seized and forensically examined and 1,133 indecent images recovered.

The voyeurism matters came to light when Dynes was caught on his own recording equipment while installing it in a bedroom, which then filmed a female carrying out private acts.

He also placed a camera in a workplace kitchen, resulting in "upskirt" filming.

While posing as a casting agent seeking models, Dynes also pretended to be a female in internet chat rooms - activity branded "subterfuge" by a judge.

Some images were taken from websites but others "were procured by Dynes through online activity".

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