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Child porn Northern Ireland civil servant still in post year after conviction

By Christopher Woodhouse

A CIVIL servant is still working for for a Northern Ireland department despite being convicted of having child abuse images a year ago.

The man, who Sunday Life has been barred from naming by a court gagging order, was given a three-year probation order in ­September last year.

He was also placed on the sex offenders register for five years and made subject of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO).

Under the terms of the SOPO he is not allowed to use a computer connected to the internet unless it records his search history.

The parent is also banned from having any unsupervised access with any person under the age of 16 without the approval of his ­designated risk manager.

But following his sentencing last year, His Honour Judge McFarland ordered that no details that could identify him, his wife or children be published in any publication of any sort.

Judge McFarland made the order under ­Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which guarantees the right to life, as there was an "ongoing threat" to him and his family.

The Department for Communities had not provided a comment at time of going to press.

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