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Sex offender 'found wandering school dressed as woman'

Convicted sex offender Geoffrey Kelly was remanded in custody
Convicted sex offender Geoffrey Kelly was remanded in custody

By Staff Reporter

A convicted sex offender allegedly caught wandering the corridors of a Co Tyrone school dressed as a woman had been banned from coming within 20 metres of schools or anywhere that under-18s gather.

Geoffrey Rainey Kelly (35), from Lakeview Crescent, Fivemiletown is charged with breaching a previously imposed Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) on 17 June.

A PSNI officer told Dungannon Magistrates' Court the charge could be connected to the defendant. Objecting to bail, he said police were called to St Ciaran's College, Ballygawley after staff spotted Kelly wearing women's clothes and a blonde wig, walking along school corridors, having gained entry by a side door. He appeared to be trying handles on the doors of rooms, but did not enter any of them.

Staff confronted him and he claimed to be looking for a third-year female pupil, providing a name. The school register was checked and no child of that name was found.

Kelly left in a vehicle which police later found at Ballygawley Park & Ride. He was in the driver's seat and wearing clothes as described by staff - a white skirt and pink jacket, with a string of pearls around his neck, as well as the blonde wig.

On being quizzed, Kelly accepted being at the school, claiming he was "just looking around".

The officer told the court: "We are objecting to bail on the basis of previous offences - including two sexual assaults on females in 2016 and 2017, and well as indecent exposure to a teenager in 2017."

A defence lawyer urged District Judge Mark McGarrity to grant bail, pointing out Kelly's address is some 16 miles from the school. He explained the exposure conviction on record related to Kelly going into a clothes shop where a 16-year-old girl was working.

Having bought some clothes which he decided to put on straight away, Kelly "became fully undressed and emerged from a changing room".

Judge McGarrity threw out the application, stating: "There is high risk of re-offending and potential for non-adherence to bail conditions."

Kelly was remanded in custody to appear again by video-link later this month.

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