Belfast Telegraph

Teenage child rapist must reveal crime in future relationships

By Alan Erwin

A Belfast teenager convicted of raping a child must disclose his criminal past in any close relationship he forms over the next five years, a judge has ordered.

He is also to be banned from unsupervised contact with anyone under 16 unless their parents provide consent.

The prohibitions were imposed after police went to court to seek a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) against the 19-year-old.

It was claimed that the step was necessary to protect the public from serious harm due to his behaviour since being convicted.

The defendant, who is not being named for legal reasons, consented to the SOPO.

He was found guilty in 2013 of raping and sexually assaulting a child under 13. No further details of the offences were disclosed.

Appearing before Belfast Magistrates Court yesterday with his parents, the defendant heard the application being described as "a sensitive case".

His lawyer said he had provided information and co-operation.

The SOPO sought by the PSNI included a prohibition on entering any close, personal relationship, intimate or not, unless disclosure has been made and a risk assessment carried out.

Parents or guardians who consent to any contact with the defendant are to be made aware of his convictions.

He is also to be subject to bans on using devices or software that would hide his internet browsing history. District Judge Fiona Bagnall said: "I will grant the SOPO by consent on those terms for a five-year period."

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